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Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit farming organization focusing on sustainable food production, fresh food assistance, and on-farm education. For more information about Waltham Fields check out our website!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Featured Learning Garden Crop: Popcorn

The technique of popping corn was discovered by the Native Americans thousands of years ago and was passed onto English colonists during the 16th and 17th centuries. They found that when heat was applied to the grains, mounting pressure caused the kernels to explode and puff out into those light, white pieces we still munch on today. Popcorn became a popular American snack during the Great Depression due to its low price, and again during Wold War II due to sugar rationing, which slowed candy production and sales.

Popcorn is a healthy alternative to other calorie-rich snacks. It's high in fiber, low in fat, and is naturally sodium and sugar free. It contains iron, a variety of B vitamins, and trace minerals essential to good health. Eat it plain (air or oil-popped) or season it with your favorite spices.

Our popcorn's still growing, but should be ready for eating during fall programming!

Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.

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