Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy National Peanut Day!

With its origins in South America, this nut is really a legume that grows underground instead of on a tree like walnuts, almonds or pecans. Today, the peanut is the most popular nut consumed in the United States. However, until the 1930's the peanut was typically used for livestock feed. The peanut was saved from obscurity in 1915 when George Washington Carver began researching and experimenting with peanuts and other crops as alternatives for the southern states that were stricken with a failing cotton crop. His research developed over 300 uses for the little peanut, including 105 recipes.

Peanut butter was among the first recipes that came from Carver's research. A staple item in many homes, peanut butter is also a key ingredient in recipes for cookies, sauces, desserts and more.

Did you know:
  • Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S.
  • It takes approximately 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • On average, Americans consume more than 6 pounds of peanuts and peanut butter each year
  • Most women and children prefer creamy peanut butter while men prefer crunchy
  • Peanuts have more protein than any other snack nut
  • "Goober," the peanut's nickname, comes from the Congo language for peanut, "nguba"
Thanks to Chef's for the content.

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