Stuff I Like: Tiny But Mighty Popcorn

If you have children in your home there is one truth: A bowl of popcorn is about the most fun snack kids can imagine.  There is nothing quite like putting in the latest animated feature on DVD and letting your daughter have at a big bowl while she sits on the floor.  Pure happiness.

The problem is that if you are looking for a non-GMO popcorn, you are pretty much out of luck.  Corn is one of the most heavily penetrated crops when it comes to the percentage that is genetically modified.  By some estimates the percentage is as high as 85%.  Furthermore, a lot of the popcorn on the shelves of the grocery store is junk.  I cannot count the number of times I have half of my original measuring cup in unpopped “old maids.”

Thankfully, I picked up a copy of Radish—a local magazine covering food and environmental issues—and it profiled Tiny But Mighty Popcorn.  Based in Shellsburg, Iowa Tiny But Mighty Foods grows and packages a different variety of popcorn:

Tiny But Mighty

Like so many foodstuffs, the geniuses behind GMO seeds have produced larger and larger popped kernels at the expense of flavor and texture.  You end up with a Styrofoam version of popcorn that has a hull similar to razor blades.  Tiny But Mighty is different because the popcorn is hull-less when popped, having cooked off during popping.  This means that there is none of that annoying digging at your teeth to free the stubborn hull chunk.

The story is that the variety of popcorn was an heirloom type, nearly forgotten in the rush to modern agriculture.   Until someone “discovered” a jar of popcorn, saved some to plant, and popped the rest.  They say the rest is history.

Is it the best popcorn I have ever tried?  Yes.  Additionally, popcorn is one of those snacks that I love giving my children.  They consume it voraciously, but it is actually fairly healthy.  As it is popped, there is very little oil used, contains a lot of fiber, and is very low in sodium when salted.  Who could ask for anything more?  Not this parent.

Tiny But Mighty also qualifies as a local company for me being located a mere 16 miles from my house.  Heck, I could hop on the bicycle and be at the farm in less than an hour.

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