Happy national peanut butter day!
PB might get a bad rep for it’s high fat content, but it’s really not as bad a guy as most diet books make it seem like. Of course, just with everything, not all jars are made equal. Here are a couple of PB facts from http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/classroom-funfacts.php
|PEANUTS & PEANUT BUTTER FUN FACTS
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
- By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
- Peanut butter was first introduced to the USA in 1904 at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
- In 1884, Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec was the first person to patent peanut butter.
- Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a physician wanting to help patients eat more plant-based protein, patented his procedure for making peanut butter in 1895.
- Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
- Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich weighing in at 1,342 pounds. Grand Saline outweighed Oklahoma City’s 900 pounds peanut butter and jelly sandwich in November 2010. Oklahoma City, OK had been the reigning champ since September 7, 2002.
- Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
- Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak (14,100 feet) using his nose in 4 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 3 seconds.
- Adrian Finch of Australia holds the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the record.
- As early as 1500 B.C., the Incans of Peru used peanuts as sacrificial offerings and entombed them with their mummies to aid in the spirit life.
- Americans were first introduced to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in 1928.
- Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
- The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
- The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.
- Ever wonder where the term “Peanut Gallery” comes from? The term became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.
- The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
- The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
- Americans consume on average over 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.
- Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households.
- Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
- The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter jars one and one-third times.
- Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky.
- People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
- Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
- Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
- Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.
- Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA.
- Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year.
- Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
- There are four types of peanuts grown in the USA — Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
- Peanuts are planted after the last frost in April or early May and heaviest harvesting months are September and October.
- The peanut growth cycle from planting to harvest is 120 to 160 days or about five months.
- The peanut plant originated in South America.
- The peanut plant produces a small yellow flower.
- Peanuts flower above ground and then migrate underground to reach maturity.
- A mature peanut plant produces about 40 pods that then grow into peanuts.
- Most USA peanut farms are family-owned and -operated.
- The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
- For more farming facts click here.
George Washington Carver Facts
- Dr. George Washington Carver researched and developed more than 300 uses for peanuts in the early 1900s.
- In 1916, he published the research bulletin, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption.”
- Dr. Carver is considered “The Father of the Peanut Industry” because of his extensive research and selfless dedication to promoting peanut production and products.
- Dr. Carver’s research gained him much worldwide acclaim. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were a few of his many fans.
- For more George Washington Carver facts click here.
- The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.
- Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
- Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, Concord grape juice, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots and many more.
- Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
- Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.
- For more nutrition facts click here.
January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day
March – National Peanut Month
March 1 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 8 – National Peanut Cluster Day
April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
May 18 – I love Reese’s Day
June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
September 13 – National Peanut Day
November – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
November 20 – National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
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