I never realized how descriptive the word ‘popcorn’ is until I heard it in Spanish: ‘Pochoclo’. I laughed out loud, saying “Literally, it means ‘pop’ ‘corn’!” Immediately obvious was that ‘popcorn’ does also.
Raccoons got the best of the crop, but what was left I dried in a paper bag in my closet. Last month I pushed each small, shiny kernel from its cob, collecting nearly two cups from perhaps eight small cobs.
Popped, they are small, white, and tasty; the kernel shell less obtrusive than ‘regular’ popcorn. I decided it was worth the effort. With more vermin vigilance, I will attempt to better grow popcorn in 2011.