Peanut Fun Facts

15 Surprising Facts About Peanuts and Peanut Butter

 

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • The Huffington Post (Sept. 2014) asked, “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich? “Good question,” we say! Results show, 36 % say strawberry jam is favorite (grape is 31%); favorite bread is white bread (54%); favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56%) and a whopping 80 % like their PB & J with the crust left on the sandwich.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Former President Bill Clinton says one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley.
  • There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
  • According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs. Click here for a peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 cookies per minute. Click here for more Girl Scout cookie fun facts.
  • Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky. Click here for a creamy peanut butter smoothie recipe.
  • People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
  • “Boiled peanuts” are considered a delicacy in the peanut growing areas of the South. Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in supersaturated salt water until they are of a soft bean like texture. They are most frequently enjoyed at the end of the day with a favorite beverage.
  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • Peanuts are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas” because peanuts grow underground.
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