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Strawberry Popcorn Harvest

October 16th, 2009

I wrote about harvesting my popcorn last week. Popcorn has to be dried to about 13%-16% moisture for the best popping. I set the little ears of corn out in the sun for a few days and on Sunday we had some time to go out and get them ready to go into the oven for their final drying.
After spending the afternoon in the sun, the ears were brought in and put in the oven set at 100 for further drying. I’ll keep drying it until the kernels start to fall off of the cobs, then I’ll pop them all off and store them in a jar. I can’t wait to pop some!!!
It is the most beautiful popcorn, the kernels are ruby red and the ears are shaped like strawberries, it’s almost too pretty to eat. The seeds are from Botanical Interests if you’d like to grow them in your garden.
I haven’t weighed the popcorn yet, I figured I’d wait until it all came off the cob (I figured it’s a more realistic total since that’s the part we’ll be eating). I’m going to save 20-30 kernels off a few of the best ears for future planting. I’m not sure if I’ll grow this kind of popcorn again next or another kind, or perhaps sweet corn to eat off the cob.

Have you grown any ornamental edibles?

Popcorn update, in 2011 we grew a different kind which was tasty as well, here’s my post about our 2011 popcorn harvest

21 Comments to “Strawberry Popcorn Harvest”
  1. miss m on October 16, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Now how pretty are those ! Amazing.
    Gotta try those next year.

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  2. vrtlaricaana on October 16, 2009 at 7:36 am

    So pretty! Lovely color, I would not eat them I would have them as a decoration.
    .-= vrtlaricaana´s last blog ..The Chestnut tree =-.

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  3. Dave on October 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Very neat! I may have to try it next year. My most ornamental edible is probably either the cinnamon basil or the rosemary. The basil has some nice purple flowers that the pollinators love!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Bunches of Basil =-.

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  4. KitsapFG on October 16, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Very pretty. If I had more open acreage, I would be tempted to grow some.

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  5. Tree on October 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Okay so I have to ask. Is the popcorn pink? Because I have two girls who love everything pink!
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..Lesson Learned, the Hardway! =-.

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    • Susy on October 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

      Actually it’s white popcorn, my nieces would love it if it was pink as well.

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  6. Chicago Mike on October 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I thought all the edibles were ornamental? :)

    I will say that several plants were much more attractive than I thought they would be, mainly the flowers on potatoes.
    .-= Chicago Mike´s last blog ..Some Seed Saving =-.

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    • Susy on October 16, 2009 at 9:16 am

      I agree, I love cabbage as an ornamental.

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  7. warren on October 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    That’s so pretty. And so cool!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Vodka…sweet! =-.

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  8. Annette on October 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

    very cute! I’d like to grow some. I’ve heard, though, that corn will cross pollinate so there may not be enough space between my regular corn and some popcorn. =(
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..Getting ready for the Garden and giveaways =-.

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  9. Daphne on October 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I wish I could grow all the popcorn that I eat during a year. I eat so much of it. But my garden is so small it just isn’t worth it.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..Planting Garlic =-.

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  10. Jaspenelle on October 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    How beautiful are those! Lovely! I’m interested to see how much yield they will give you.
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..Rainy Day =-.

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  11. Kathie on October 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Wow, that’s just lovely!

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  12. Teresa O on October 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I grew strawberry popcorn for ornamental purposes, but never dried it and popped it. I hope you’ll share a photo of popped strawberry popcorn with us sometime in the future. Great photos!
    .-= Teresa O´s last blog ..A Legacy of Pink =-.

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  13. Kaarina on October 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    This is intense! A lot of work for popcorn and I am loving it! I love the color of these they are so rich and beautiful. Happy popping!

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  14. Kaarina on October 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    sorry- I types my website in wrong- duh!

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  15. the inadvertent farmer on October 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Grew gourds for decoration and birdhouse making. LOVE those itty bitty ears of red corn, you are right…I might also have a hard time eating something that pretty, Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Friday Funnies OH Brother! =-.

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  16. Allie on October 16, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Oooh! I hope you’ll post when you pop some!
    .-= Allie´s last blog ..My Book Cover & More Great News! =-.

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  17. Kiva, Farmstead Lady on October 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, that is such pretty corn!!! I have seen this at a local Amish market in kernel form for popcorn but never tried it much less grown it. :)
    .-= Kiva, Farmstead Lady´s last blog ..Just for Pho =-.

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  18. Thomas on October 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful! What a fantastic color.
    .-= Thomas´s last blog ..Finding Treasure =-.

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  19. Dan on October 17, 2009 at 2:20 am

    That is some amazing looking popcorn. I really like the close up photo with the bokeh background, you can work that camera :-)
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Long Weekend of Garden Neglect =-.

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