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November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

New ways to think about an old friend...

November 07, 2010

Can you remember sitting at that long table in your elementary-school cafeteria, anxious to whip out your very own PB&J (un-squished) from your Smurfs lunchbox? One of the most comforting, popular snack items around — peanut butter has always been there for us when we needed a little “thought of home,” or just a quick bite. This finger-lickin’, sticky treat can make even the “big kid” in all of us smile.

Peanut butter is found in about 75% of American homes, and is considered by many as a staple — like bread and milk. While the traditional peanut butter favorites, like PB&Js and crisscross cookies remain popular, peanut butter has ventured out into savory sauces, tangy salads, and exotic main dishes. More and more, it is emerging as a key ingredient in some of today's most innovative dishes. Top chefs all over the world have grasped onto the taste, versatility, and creative possibilities of this once humble staple.

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods. Spread on a slice of bread, melted into a soup, or mixed into a kabob marinade, peanut butter finds its way into everything from breakfast to dessert. It has come a long way since first developed in 1890, when a St. Louis physician suggested processing and packaging ground peanut paste into a nutritious protein substitute. So...if you want a snack that's packed full of nutrients, you can't beat peanuts and peanut butter. They're packed with energy, protein, and all kinds of vitamins and minerals. They taste terrific, too!

Show your Peanut IQ by sharing some of these fun facts with your friends this month:

Peanuts are not actually nuts at all! They are legumes, like beans, peas, and lentils.

Americans eat three pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That's about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!

Peanuts may be a favorite food, but we've found many uses for their shells too! You might find peanut shells in kitty litter, wallboard, fireplace logs, paper, animal feed, and sometimes as fuel for power plants!

Two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.


Source: http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com

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