We Harvested Our Popcorn!

This year we did a little experiment and tried growing some strawberry popcorn. From past experience with growing sweet corn, I really didn’t expect it to do that great. In fact, I really didn’t want to mess with it because I figured it’d get full of worms and bugs like sweet corn does, and we wouldn’t get anything out of it. My husband talked me into trying it, so he planted small patch on the side of the garden.

Surprisingly it grew really well and was super easy to grow. All we did was water it regularly. It didn’t get bugs or worms in it… I don’t know if it’s just because worms don’t like popcorn, or if it’s just that it was the first time we planted it here and the worms didn’t find it. Either way, we’re glad that we were able to get a small harvest from it.

When it came time to pick it, I first picked a few and they seemed to still have too much moisture, so I decided to leave the rest for a while longer. I really wish that I would have picked it all that day and hung it to dry in the house. When I went out a week or so later, about half of what was left had gotten moldy so we had to throw it out. So disappointing!

Shelling the popcorn was fun. We didn’t have any special tools, so we did it all by hand. Since we didn’t have a lot to do, it wasn’t bad, but we’ll probably have to look into getting some kind of shelling tool if we ever grow a bigger crop. Our fingers got pretty sore by the end, just doing the small amount we had.

We did a short video to demonstrate just how fun and easy it is to shell and pop popcorn. Once we were done we had popcorn everywhere… but you know how it goes… the messier the project, the more fun it is!

And… our popcorn was so good! It was so light and crispy and the flavor was the best… it was so good in fact, we just sprinkled a little salt on it and didn’t bother with butter. I’d have to say our little experiment was a success and we’ll be planting more next year.


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7 thoughts on “We Harvested Our Popcorn!

  1. Constance

    Shelly, this looks like so much fun! My kids would love it – I wonder how it would grow in the Puget Sound area? I have grown sweet corn and that does pretty well – I’ll have to try some strawberry popcorn next year! Thank you for your lovely video 🙂


    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      I’m not sure how it would grow in your area. We planted ours kind of late but it ended up being ready about the same time as the field corn in the area was. So I think it might have a shorter growing season than other types of corn.


  2. Jody S.

    We love our home-grown popcorn. Sometimes we have trouble getting the moisture content right, but it always tastes better than store-bought. For some reason our home-grown popcorn never gets in our teeth. Also, even when a lot of the kernels don’t pop, they get nice and tasty and crunchy and aren’t too hard on our teeth; they are something like eating corn-nuts you buy in the store– but better!

    We are on the lookout for a good second-hand sheller since it is so tough on the fingers.


    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Now that you mention it, our popcorn didn’t get stuck in our teeth either. Wonder if the hulls are just thinner and more tender or something. We noticed that too about the kernels that don’t pop. They’re so tasty.. not one kernel gets wasted. Think we are going to consider a sheller too since we want to grow a much larger crop next year.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Yeah, same here, I thought it was mostly just used for decoration. But the package said it could be popped and we did a little research and found others who popped it. I’m glad we tried it because it was really good. We want to plant more of it next year and also try out another variety that produces bigger ears. Thank you for stopping by!



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