Butterfly or Mushroom......What the heck are we talking about?

Did you know there are two different types of popcorn kernels?

Butterfly and mushroom popcorn are the two distinct types of popcorn kernels, each with its own unique characteristics.

Butterfly popcorn, also known as "snowflake" popcorn, is the most commonly consumed type of popcorn in the United States. It gets its name from its shape, which resembles a butterfly's wings when popped. Butterfly popcorn has a light, delicate texture, and a slightly irregular shape. This is the type of popcorn found at the movie theaters or popped in the microwave.

Mushroom popcorn, on the other hand, has a round, circular shape when popped. If you are making caramel corn or want to flavor the popcorn with something sweet, this is the popcorn you should choose.  Because of the shape it has less husks and will be less likely to get stuck in your teeth.  Because of the uniform shape it is most used to make gourmet popcorn.

The history of popcorn can be traced back to ancient civilizations in Central and South America, where it was a staple food. Popcorn became popular in the United States in the 19th century, with butterfly popcorn being the most familiar. It wasn't until the mid-20th century that mushroom popcorn became more popular, with the increase in gourmet popcorn.

As for which type of popcorn is better, it really depends on personal preference and intended use. Butterfly popcorn is lighter and more delicate, making it ideal for seasoning and coating. Mushroom popcorn, on the other hand, has a denser kernel that holds up well in coatings. Both types have their own unique qualities. Ultimately, the choice between butterfly and mushroom popcorn comes down to personal taste and how you plan to use it. 

What is your favorite type of kernel? 

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