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Ancient popcorn discovered in Peru


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#1    BFB

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:29 AM

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People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously reported and before ceramic pottery was used there, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences co-authored by Dolores Piperno, curator of New World archaeology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and emeritus staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Some of the oldest known corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels, dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were found at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two mound sites on Peru's arid northern coast. The research group, led by Tom Dillehay from Vanderbilt University and Duccio Bonavia from Peru's Academia Nacional de la Historia, also found corn microfossils: starch grains and phytoliths. Characteristics of the cobs—the earliest ever discovered in South America—indicate that the sites' ancient inhabitants ate corn several ways, including popcorn and flour corn. However, corn was still not an important part of their diet.


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 01:19 PM

I never knew cinema popcorn could be that old.. :blush:

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 01:35 PM

I wonder if they ate the popcorn they discovered...


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:04 PM

View PostKing Fluffs, on 22 January 2012 - 01:35 PM, said:

I wonder if they ate the popcorn they discovered...
Salted or buttered??

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:32 PM

Why is there a picture of a 4" bud? Did I miss something?


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:19 PM

View Postmxcx, on 22 January 2012 - 03:32 PM, said:

Why is there a picture of a 4" bud? Did I miss something?

That's not bud... That's an ancient corn cob. Proto-Confite Morocho.


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:07 PM

They could eat their popcorn at the human sacrifices. :)

Edited by Device, 22 January 2012 - 06:22 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:29 PM

Too bad they didn't have a movie to watch while eating that popcorn!


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:39 AM

Whoa, righteous! I love popcorn!


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:24 AM

Because mxcx, weed leads to eating popcorn.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:52 PM

awesome lol


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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:25 AM

tripple butter i'd hope


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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:05 AM

View Postmxcx, on 22 January 2012 - 03:32 PM, said:

Why is there a picture of a 4" bud? Did I miss something?


View Postrashore, on 22 January 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

That's not bud... That's an ancient corn cob. Proto-Confite Morocho.

Could have fooled me. without smelling it, I would have tossed into grinder / wrapped / smoked / died probably. It looks definately more like a 4" bud than it does a corn cob lol


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:15 AM

Everyone likes popcorn.





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