14 Nutty Peanut Facts

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14 Nutty Peanut Facts

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.

  1. Peanuts are technically legumes because they grow underground.
  2. There are four different types of peanuts: Runner, Virginia, Spanish, and Valencia.
  3. Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the United States.
  4. Southern farm workers created a new way to enjoy peanuts; they put peanuts in a bottle of Coke.
  5. Peanuts can be stored for months.
  6. Peanuts are a good source of protein and B vitamins.
  7. It is believed that the ancient Aztecs created the first version of peanut butter.
  8. Around 540 peanuts are needed to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  9. Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were peanut farmers before being elected president.
  10. George Washington Carver found more than 300 uses for the peanut plant.
  11. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were favorites of Former President Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley.
  12. Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut to the moon.
  13. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  14. Six cities in the United States are named Peanut.
  15. March is National Peanut Month.


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Written by: Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Intern


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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help job seekers and clients to reach their goals. AgHires helps agricultural and food production companies find the employees they need to run a successful business.