Ancient popcorn fossils has been discovered, dating back to 3600 B.C., and there’s a few things that are surprising historians who believed that it was a snack food.
The fossils were found in Peru by a team of researchers from the Smithsonian and Washington Natural History museum’s that ancient civilizations dating back at least 6,700 years have been eating popcorn and other corn based foods and may even go a couple thousand years before that.
Previously it was thought that popcorn was not a known food until about 5,000 years ago. But new evidence of fossilized corncobs, husks, tassels and stalks in the northern regions of Peru known as Paredones and Huaca Prieta, suggests otherwise.
Author of the research paper reporting the discovery for the National Academy of Sciences., Dolores Piperno said, “Corn was first domesticated in Mexico nearly 9,000 years ago from a wild grass called teosinte.”
Adding, “Our results show that only a few thousand years later corn arrived in South America where its evolution into different varieties that are now common in the Andean region began. This evidence further indicates that in many areas corn arrived before pots did and that early experimentation with corn as a food was not dependent on the presence of pottery.”