Revised October, 2018.

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By all standards, popcorn (Zea mays everta) should be called the original American snack. From being grown by early Native Americans to dominating world production, U.S. popcorn has become one of the country’s most favored snack food.

Early varieties of popcorn can be traced back thousands of years. North American explorers observed Native American tribes eating popcorn and using it in necklaces and headdresses. European settlers served popcorn as a breakfast cereal, with milk or cream. However, popcorn did not become commercially popular until the Great Depression, when it was established as an affordable treat. Popcorn