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Old 11-07-2010, 05:51 PM
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Does "regular corn" pop like popcorn?

If I go to the store and get some ears of dried corn and shell them, will they pop when placed in oil and heated, the same way that popcorn does, or is popcorn a specific thing? If it does pop, would I recognize it as what we know as popcorn today?
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:04 PM
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You may get a few kernels to pop. But nothing like the corn that is grown for popcorn. Wikipedia mentions some wild corn will pop.

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Special varieties are grown to give improved popping yield. Some wild types will pop, but the cultivated strain is Zea mays averta, which is a special kind of flint corn.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popcorn


more about Zea mays everta.
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/1302

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:22 PM
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If you dry it completely, yes, but very poorly.

How would I know? As my brother always says, "If your front yard was a corn field, you grew up on a farm, even if it was only 1 acre." I have extensive experience with home-grown corn .

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:25 PM
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I have extensive experience with home-grown corn .
Growing up next to a corn field, I also discovered there is a big difference between field corn and sweet corn.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:02 PM
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Well dried field corn's pretty tasty IMHO. Parch it thus- remove from cob and toast in hot oil, much like popping corn on top of the stove. Some will pop a little. Don't over cook it. Salt, cool, eat. There is a brand called Corn Nuts that is sold as a snack food.
http://www.planters.com/cornnuts/
Home made's better.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:02 PM
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Oh, you children of the corn! What other mischief did you get into?
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:40 PM
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I've thought about including a row of popcorn in my garden. It would be a treat for the kids to eat popcorn they watched grow.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:44 PM
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Well dried field corn's pretty tasty IMHO. Parch it thus- remove from cob and toast in hot oil, much like popping corn on top of the stove. Some will pop a little. Don't over cook it. Salt, cool, eat. There is a brand called Corn Nuts that is sold as a snack food.
http://www.planters.com/cornnuts/
Home made's better.
Corn Nuts were always my go-to food for staying awake on cross-country trips. I defy anybody to fall asleep while chewing those.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:18 PM
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Several of my South Dakota friends really like to eat field corn. Deer love it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:21 AM
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Does regular corn pop like popcorn?

Popcorn is a different subspecies.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:31 AM
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Oh, you children of the corn! What other mischief did you get into?
That tall corn was great for hiding your car off road and out of sight; great spot for working on mysteries without any clues.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:40 AM
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I've thought about including a row of popcorn in my garden. It would be a treat for the kids to eat popcorn they watched grow.
Corn is wind pollinated. You need to plant at least 4 rows to get a good set. You can plant shorter rows if you don't want to give up that much space.

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Old 11-08-2010, 10:26 PM
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I remember these two doofuses I used to work with back when I worked in an office. One of them somehow got a hold of a cob of dried corn. It was that decorative stuff, that's got mixed kernels, some brown, some yellow. So they decided that since it was dried, it must be poppable. They put the whole cob in the microwave.

The cob ended up in flames. The fire department showed up because the smoke set off the fire alarm in the 60-story high rise. The stink didn't leave the floor for a week. Good times.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:48 AM
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There was this one time back in Texas when it got so hot that the corn in the garden started popping. The chickens all thought it was snowing so they froze to death.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:30 AM
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There was this one time back in Texas when it got so hot that the corn in the garden started popping. The chickens all thought it was snowing so they froze to death.
And then the Eskimos came rushing in thinking global warming had ended, and they melted to death.
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