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Why Heirloom Matters

“To think that I’m holding something that, you know, has been this way for over 150 years, I don’t have words for it. It’s really exciting.”
– Farmer Gene

(L) a regular ear of popcorn; (R) our tiny ear of popcorn

When it comes to food, heirloom matters. Here’s a breakdown of why it should matter to you…

  • Non-GMO. By definition, heirloom varieties have not been genetically modified or hybridized.
  • Flavor. Heirloom varieties carry the original traits and the diverse, wonderful flavor qualities naturally inherited by their region. Most genetically altered or hybridized varieties have been bred for year-round access (in suboptimal growing regions), shelf life and appearance, rather than flavor. Go heirloom – your tastebuds will thank you.
  • Nutrition. In addition to authentic flavor, heirlooms offer more nutritional value than processed or hybridized varieties, as they are naturally rich in vitamins and nutrients. These nutrients may help aid in food sensitivities, which have been thought to develop rapidly due to hybridization and genetically modified foods.
  • Clean eating. Heirloom varieties allow us to eat clean, naturally. Heirloom varieties are kept the way nature intended them to be, therefore they are a cornerstone of clean eating.
  • Biodiversity… is the spice of life! It’s also crucial to our ability to produce food in the face of natural disasters, such as drought and widespread diseases. Hybridized and genetically engineered seed varieties rely on commercial practices, and their seeds cannot be saved from year to year. However, heirloom seeds are true to type, which means they actually can be saved from year to year.
  • Preserving history. Heirloom seeds have been grown for generations (starting before 1951, though in the case of TBM, it goes back much farther in time) with a traceable history usually connected to a specific family or group of farmers.

Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is an ancient heirloom variety with a history as robust as its flavor. Our little heirloom is native to North America and is considered an heirloom variety because it’s genetic makeup is virtually identical to the corn (or maize) that covered North America for thousands of years. It was discovered by a pioneer family in the 1850’s near Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has been preserved in its original form for several generations, and is now cared for and brought to you by Gene & Lynn Mealhow and their family.

To learn more about our one-of-a-kind seed, checkout Our Story.


Eating Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, you realize how badly you’ve been cheated eating the regular stuff all of your life. Thank you for a great product.

-Josh B.