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What is Parched Corn?

This is another term for popcorn. When popcorn was brought to the first Thanksgiving in 1621 by Chief Massasoit’s brother, Quadequina, the early colonists called popcorn “popped corn,” “parching corn,” or “rice corn.” In 1820, it was commonly referred to as popcorn.

Parched corn is also referred to as “chicos.” According to the Webster’s New World Dictionary of Culinary Arts, chicos are “dried kernels of corn used in Native American and Southwestern stews.” Today, these are also similar to corn nuts.


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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