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Paul Lyons

Popcorn 'Black Dakota'

Given to me by a friend who grows it at Lough Hyne, ‘Dakota Black’ is a hardy early maturing popcorn (Zea mays) so is a good candidate for growing in Ireland. Plants are sturdy and don’t get overly tall at around 2m. Some cobs rotted before ripening but most ripened well. If the weather is wet at ripening time, it helps if you can pull up the whole plants and bring them in for a while to dry further.

Beautiful purple-black kernels which have a red glint when the light catches them. Not as starchy as commercial popcorn, so the popped corns are not as big as those you’d buy in the shop.

Average 100 seeds per packet.

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