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25/07/2007 14:00:01 »
Popcorn...it's a curious thing is it not ?
Can you imagine how it was discovered ?..someone probably threw some kernels on a fire and then got the shock of their lives as it started to 'Pop '
Is there just the one variety of popcorn kernel ?..
do they have diffrent tastes and textures ?
Is it related to corn on the cob ?
is it a healthy food by itself ?
ie: without the butter or sugar or salt ?
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25/07/2007 14:44:05 »
These were taken from this site.. Neil your kids will love this You can print up color sheets and different things from the kids section as well as the teacher section.. I thought Sophie and James might like it! They have things for the older kids too!
Paul with all those kids this might be fun for you too! some experiments as well!
What is Popcorn?
Popcorn, like all six types of corn, is a cereal grain and originates from a wild grass. Its scientific name is zea mays everta, and it is the only type of corn to actually pop.
A little American history! What about English History Neil?
Taking Its Place in American History
Even before Columbus discovered Arawak and Carib Indians using popcorn for decorations and food in the West Indies in 1492...
Even before Cortez found the Aztecs in Mexico adorned in popcorn necklaces and ceremonial headdresses in 1519...
Even before the French explorers in the Great Lakes region watched Iroquois popping corn in pottery crocks with heated sand...
Popcorn was growing in the Americas and providing pleasurable eating for the natives.
And, popcorn has remained a favorite for centuries.
Archaeologists have uncovered proof that popcorn had been around long before the arrival of the Europeans in the New World. Excavations in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico turned up popcorn ears nearly 5,600 years old, according to radio-carbon tests. An 80,000-year-old fossil pollen found 200 feet below Mexico City has been identified as corn pollen. In tombs on the east coast of Peru, researchers uncovered 1,000-year-old grains of popcorn so well preserved they still pop.
Other treasures have turned up to validate popcorn's place in the past _ pottery popcorn poppers dating back to pre-Inca cultures in Peru; an old (300 A.D.) funeral urn in Mexico depicting a Maize god with a popcorn decorated headdress. In fact, research has proven that the ancestors of most Native American tribes enjoyed popcorn even before the birth of Christ. And, today popcorn is still considered one of America's favorite snacking pleasures.
3 cups of popcorn counts as one ounce equivelent of whole grain!
Here is the nutrition aspect:
It's hard to believe a snack food that tastes so good can actually be good for you! With suggestions from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA), there's no doubt popcorn is a perfectly sensible snack to fit into any meal/fitness plan.
* Popcorn is a whole grain food which makes it a complex carbohydrate that is not only low in calories, but a good source of fiber.
* Popcorn is low in calories -- only 31-55 calories in one cup of unbuttered, and when lightly buttered, one cup still only has 133 calories.
* Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar-free.
* Popcorn contains energy-producing carbohydrates.
* Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn't spoil an appetite.
* Popcorn inspires creativity. While there's no doubt hot buttered popcorn is pleasing to any palate, popcorn also can be enjoyed when combined with seasonings, spices and other foods like raisins, fruit and cheese providing a nutritious, delicious snack.
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