Not to sound straight out of a Portlandia episode, but heirloom popcorn is definitely worth seeking out. We bought this black variety when we were in Illinois at Kinnikinnick Farm, where they had single servings for sale in their farm store, and finally made it this weekend. It’s just more delicious and complex, and makes us think of popcorn as our new favorite snack. It also has the added bonus of it being low in fat, if you just salt it.

Here are a couple of sites that you can buy it from:

Popcorn Lovers, Steinke Popcorn, Heritage Popcorn, Amish Country Popcorn




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Comments (2)


  1. Posted by: Stefanie

    I just received an email from foodzie. They are promoting the ancient heirloom popcorn from Tiny, but Mighty on their site today.

    It says: As a soil consultant, Gene Mealhow was brought in to advise client Richard Kelty on improving yield on his popcorn. Mealhow was intrigued by the diminutive variety, which grew to just three feet tall and produced wee, three to four-inch ears with tiny kernels. Turns out this corn had been farmed by the Kelty family since as far back as the 1850s, having either found it growing there naturally or traded with local Indians. A true heirloom variety, this popcorn is open pollinated.

  2. We get local popcorn at our farmers’ markets (now there’s some being sold at our co-op too, also local, & marketed as such). LOVE it. Always loved popcorn but now I think the popcorn of old was a placeholder for real deliciousness.

    We like to add Bragg’s, & nutritional yeast to ours.

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