Wednesday, October 10, 2007

October is National Popcorn Popping Month!

Popcorn growers have been unofficially celebrating Popcorn Popping Month for more than 25 years. In 1999, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman made it official, proclaiming October as National Popcorn Popping Month because October is when the popcorn harvest takes place each fall in the Midwest.

Popcorn is one of the oldest American foods. In 1948 archaeologists exploring a cave in west central New Mexico discovered ears of corn dated back roughly 4,000 years! 1,000 year old popcorn kernels found in burial grounds in the coastal deserts of North Chile would still pop!

So maybe it is time to pop a bowl, have fun, and learn more about this favorite American treat!

* Here's a lesson plan from the Education World Website.
* has a number of crafts, games and activities to explore.
* The National Popcorn Board's site contains a whole slew of recipes.