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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