Peanuts have a very well-traveled history, the journey went from South America, to Asia, east across the Atlantic Ocean and back again to the North America. In 1904 peanut butter made its first appearance at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Peanut butter quickly became a delicious source of protein during the first two world wars. 

American soldiers are credited with making the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches popular during these wars.  They brought their love for the PB&J home with them, and the whole nation went crazy over the easy made treats.  Personally, I usually replace the jelly with some good honey, I am not alone in doing this, as it seems to be very popular.  My mom ate more peanut butter than any human I have ever known, she would usually eat it plain on a spoon, and sometimes with crackers and bananas. 

Peanuts are the 12th most valuable crop grown in the United States with a farm value over 1 billion U.S. dollars.  The prime market in the U.S. is for edible products which is not so for other countries.  Americans consume more than 6 pounds of peanut products per year,  including peanuts, peanut butter and peanut candy.   

Peanut butter accounts for about half of all that U.S. consumption.  The other half is almost equally divided between snack nuts, and candy and peanut combinations which are seemingly endless.   

It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. By law any product in the U.S. labeled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90 percent peanuts.  It takes 5 gallons of water to produce 1 ounce of peanuts.  The average peanut farm is 200 acres.  The average person will consume over 3,000 PB&J’s in their lifetime, according to a 2016 survey. 

Everyone knows Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, but did you realize Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson was also a peanut farmer?

I have made myself hungry; guess what kind of sandwich I am going to make?  

God bless you all,

RHM