Episode 114- Specialty Popcorn   addthis
Keith Heuermann and his family are one of Nebraska’s premier popcorn producers on their farm about 90 miles west of Lincoln. The Heuermanns starting growing popcorn in 1982.

 

 

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There are a surprising number of celebrities who were born in Nebraska. Among them are Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, Nick Nolte, newscaster Paula Zahn and a man who still calls the state his home, billionaire "sage of the sagebrush", the "oracle of Omaha", financier Warren Buffett.

Nebraska offers travelers a number of agri-tourism and other types of experiences so go to www.visitnebraska.org

FUN FACTS
Popcorn ranks right up there with s’mores around the campfire, fresh-baked cookies, and ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s a fun and comforting food that we associate with good times. But unlike so many treats, it’s also good for us. According to the popcorn industry (www.popcorn.org), popcorn is a whole grain food that’s both surprisingly low in calories and high in fiber.

Popcorn has a long history. Here in the United States, the earliest evidence of popcorn were ears discovered in the so-called Bat Cave of west central New Mexico. They are said to be date back about 4,000 years.

The Aztecs used popcorn not only for food but for decoration on ceremonial headdresses and necklaces. While we don’t use popcorn as jewelry or on clothing, we do string it into garlands at Christmas.

What makes popcorn "pop"? Each kernel of corn contains a small drop of water. (That’s why popcorn needs a lot of moisture—up to 14 percent.) As the kernel heats up, the water starts to expand against the hard surface of the kernel. Eventually, it just explodes or "pops". When it does, it turns the kernel inside out and is ready to eat.

Links
Nebraska Farm Bureau
Nebraska Department of Agriculture

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