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A Brief History of Popcorn

Sabtu, 05 Desember 2020 - 03:45 | 22.47k
A Brief History of Popcorn
Illustration: Popcorn. (Photo: Freepik)
Editor: Khodijah Siti

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Unlike those corns we had on our table, popcorn was made of zea mays everta, the only corn that could pop out. So how about the history of popcorn itself, who invented it on the first place?

Well, since popcorn was naturally made it never was invented by a man. But the oldest popcorn known to date was found in New Mexico. In 1948, small heads of the zea mays everta were discovered by Herbert Dick and Earle Smith in a dry cave known as the “bat cave.”

On the same year, they also found several people individually popped kernels. The local scientist has tested with carbon dated test and it came out that the kernels shown to be approximately 5,600 years old.

Additionally, there is a trace of popcorn leaves  in Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala, as well as other places in Central and South America. Aztecs used popcorn for decorating clothes and ceremonial embellishments on top of eating.

On top of the popcorn discovered in the bat cave in New Mexico, popcorn which dates back to nearly 1,000 years was found in a cave in Utah. The cave was thought to be inhabited by Pueblo Indians.

Furthermore, French explorers who traveled to the new world discovered popcorn being made by the Iroquois Native Americans in the Great Lakes region. As colonists moved America and some other continents in the world, people adopted this snack more and more.

In the modern day, Charles Cretor of Chicago is often credited as the inventor of modern popcorn, thanks to his invention of the mobile popcorn cart in the 1880s. He also makes it commercial to increase the opportunity for his popcorn production.

And now, this tasty delicious snack could be found anywhere in the supermarket or movie theater. Popcorn has been known to be a good companion for your movie time across the world. (*)



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