- Acorn Squash
- Sweet Dumpling Squash
- Sweet Peppers
- Baby Swiss Chard
Illinois has a rich history and affinity to popcorn:
- In 2003, a group of second and third grade students from Joliet lobbied state legislature and the governor to declare popcorn the official state snack food of Illinois.
- There are 333 Illinois farms that grow popcorn on 47,000 acres, making Illinois the third largest grower of the product.
- The world’s largest popcorn ball was unveiled in October 2006 in Lake Forest, Illinois. It weighed 3,415 pounds, measured 8 feet in diameter and had a circumference of 24.6 feet.
Popcorn pops because its kernel contains a small drop of water that suddenly expands when exposed to high heat. The kernel turns inside-out as it explodes.