Alton Brown leaves no kernel unpopped in his search for the perfect popper. Corn was first domesticated 9,000 years ago in what is now Mexico. Archaeologists have discovered that people have known about popcorn for thousands of years. In Mexico, for example, remnants of popcorn have been found that date to around 3600 BC. Popping of the kernels was achieved by hand on the stovetop through the 19th century. Kernels were sold on the East Coast of the United States under names such as Pearls or Nonpareil. The term popped corn first appeared in John Russell Bartlett’s 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms.
Making The Perfect Popcorn
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