heirloom popcorn on good eats???
I was watching good eats and alton brown was talking about all of these different popcorn breeds. Does anyone know where to get these in the DC area or is it only on the internet?
Balducchi's has a few different ones. I bought all of them. Honestly they all taste the same and look the same after they are popped. Especially if after you add butter and salt. I'd just go with the cheapo stuff and save my money.
I have bought heirloom popcorn at farmers markets in the past. They tended to be crunchier than regular popcorn, but otherwise the flavor is no different.
A few years ago when we had more discretionary income, we always bought only heirloom popcorn online. It's fun to try all the different colors and sizes, plus I like the idea of supporting smaller farms. But at the end of the day you can't really taste much difference, although the heirloom popcorn is crunchier and never chewy as some popcorn seems to be. Additionally, you don't get anywhere near as many old maids.
IMO the tool or appliance you use to pop your popcorn will make a bigger difference in taste and texture.