Peanuts have existed for centuries and have become a classic snack at baseball games and other events. Americans enjoy them so much that they are the #1 snack nut consumed in the United States. That’s a lot of nuts! Other products, like peanut butter, are also a favorite in school lunches. Did you know that, by law, peanut butter needs to contain 90% peanuts? Otherwise, it can’t be called peanut butter. Learn more about this favorite snack with these nutty facts.
- Peanuts are technically legumes because they grow underground.
- There are four different types of peanuts: Runner, Virginia, Spanish, and Valencia.
- Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the United States.
- Southern farm workers created a new way to enjoy peanuts; they put peanuts in a bottle of Coke.
- Peanuts can be stored for months.
- Peanuts are a good source of protein and B vitamins.
- It is believed that the ancient Aztecs created the first version of peanut butter.
- Around 540 peanuts are needed to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were peanut farmers before being elected president.
- George Washington Carver found more than 300 uses for the peanut plant.
- Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were favorites of Former President Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley.
- Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut to the moon.
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
- Six cities in the United States are named Peanut.
- March is National Peanut Month.
Written by: Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Intern