Popcorn (Maize) Varieties
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In Native American lore, maize (or corn as it is commonly called in the U.S.) was one of the "three sisters." Corn seed, along with beans and squash, were planted and grown together, supporting each other in their life cycle and providing a very balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins and vegetable fats to their cultivators.

Popcorn is one of the oldest forms of cultivated corn. Based on the physical shape of their kernels, popcorn can be generally classified into two types; pearl or rice. Popcorn usually has small kernels that contain a high percentage of horny starch[1]; even more than flint-types. This causes them to violently burst and expand upon heating.

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Calico Popcorn
Multi-colored kernels are beautiful as decorative or ornamental ears, but 'Calico' is also good for popping.
Dynamite (South American) Popcorn
Productive stalks exhibit good root and stalk strength. A delicious classic mushroom shaped yellow popcorn with a smooth buttery flavor.
Early Pink Popcorn
Shiny, bright kernels range from pink to mauve to light purple in color; very attractive and ornamental.
Glass Gem Popcorn
Absolutely amazing! The translucent, multicolored kernels shimmer and shine like gemstones.
Japanese Hulless Popcorn
Plants are dwarf in habit, ears are short and thick with irregularly arranged kernals that are tender, sweet, and pure white when popped.
Miniature Blue Popcorn
Shiny, bright kernels range from deep- to medium-blue in color. Beautiful as an ornamental ear or good for popping.
Miniature Colored Popcorn
The kernels are shiny, often pearly in appearance, bright, and varying in color.
Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America
The historical reasons behind popcorn's unflagging popularity.
Red Strawberry Popcorn
The cobs are strawberry shaped and rich, deep-red color.

Informational Reference:

[1] The horny starch is found on the back and sides of the grain lying next below the horny gluten. It does not consist of pure starch but contains considerable amounts of other substances, especially protein. In an examination of the grain with the unaided eye, the horny glutenous part and the horny starchy part are not readily distinguished from each other, the line between them being somewhat indefinite and indistinct. Together they constitute the horny part of the grain.

Source: "Maize: Its History, Cultivation, Handling, and Uses . . ." by Joseph Burtt-Davy, page 661, 1914.

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