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Corn of Many Colors (page 3 of 3)

by Kris Wetherbee

Storage Tips

Store shelled corn in an airtight glass or plastic container. The Popcorn Board says not to store it in the refrigerator because the kernels can dry out. And don't leave popcorn out, uncovered, on a hot day, when it could lose an entire percent of its moisture. That may not sound like much, but a loss of as little as 3 percent of moisture can render popcorn unpoppable.

Properly stored popcorn will maintain its popping quality for years. In fact, researchers have discovered grains of popcorn estimated to be a thousand years old in Peruvian tombs--and they still popped.

Kris Wetherbee grows 10 varaieties of popcorn on her 40-acre farm, Camelot, in the rolling hills of western Oregon.

Photography by National Gardening Association

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