Popcorn on the cob emerges as convenience food par excellence

Emma Kennedy's farm in Corop in central Victoria sells popcorn on a cob, a foodstuff that resembles the sweet corn cob you usually have for dinner, but only with kernels that can pop.

"We've had a lot of questions at markets, about sweet corn and whether you could dry that out, but the answer is no, you have to have a specific popping variety," Kennedy said. "I suppose the thing that I get excited about popcorn on a cob is that it's a natural product. Nothing is added to it, and you can see what it looks like in its natural form."

Ms Kennedy said only certain types of corn could be grown to make one of our favourite snacks. "This is a specific popping variety. It's very dry compared to sweet corn," she told abc.net.au. "If you were to try and eat this, it'll probably break your teeth."

She said the cobs needed to remain in their husks in the sun until they had completely dried out. This variety then turns a golden orange colour and is ready to be picked. "Once we take that cob off the plant, we remove any of the remaining silks, and it's literally ready to pop in the microwave and eat," she said.

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