Did you know that corn grown for popcorn is different than sweet corn (grown for eating) and field corn (grown for cornmeal)? To tell them apart, simply look at the tassels…the tassels on field corn and sweet corn stand upright, while the tassels on popcorn plants droop.
Popcorn is a very popular snack, indeed. In fact, Americans consume over 13 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually! Maybe that’s because of its favorable nutritional value. One cup of air-popped popcorn contains just over 30 calories, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of protein, with almost no fat!
Celebrate the popcorn kernel with one of these recipes:
As the calendar turns to January of a new year, people across the USA celebrate beans of all kinds on National Bean Day. There are over 40,000 bean varieties in the world, but only a fraction are commercially available for consumers – which one is your favorite? navy, kidney, lima, green, red, white?
Beans, although sometimes forgotten or taken for granted in culinary circles, are not only delicious, but also good for you. Shown below are nine health benefits of beans, as reported by Health.com:
Great source of fiber
Aid in digestion
Help regulate blood sugar
Help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
Help regulate body weight
High in iron
Good source of vitamin B
Rich in antioxidants
Eat more beans! How? Keep a few cans/bags of beans in your pantry and try to integrate them into your daily meals. Include them in your salads, soups, pastas or highlight them as a side dish.
Celebrate your love of beans on National Bean Day with one (or more?) of these delicious bean recipes:
Happy National Curried Chicken Day! I know, I know – you almost missed it, right?
Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers in the USA unite to pay homage to this spicy poultry dish. Chicken curry is often made with chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce, flavored with a variety of ginger, garlic, and chilies, along with sassy spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cardamom. Although this dish is a common delicacy in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, it is also popular in the West. In fact, in parts of the USA, this popular dish is often referred to as Country Captain Chicken.