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Origin of an Ingredient: Peanuts

An American Favorite

America’s obsession with peanut butter boils down to the key ingredient, the peanut.  Peanuts are such a versatile vegetable; yes, that’s right, vegetable!  They can be salty, sweet, crunchy, creamy, boiled, roasted, salad toppers, oil, a protein punch line or dessert all rolled into one delicious legume. 

The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year, according to the National Peanut Board.  So let’s take this back to the origin, the plant.  Peanuts do not grow on trees; they grow on plants that flower above the ground and then fruit below the ground.  From start to finish, it takes between four to five months to maturity and a ton of water. 

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Ready to buy up some land and get a piece of that peanut pie?  Well, if you want to join the likes of men like Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter by becoming a peanut farmer, you may want to consider moving to Georgia first.  In 2014, Georgia produced almost half of the peanuts in the U.S.! It just so happens, Georgia is one of the locations where Little Debbie® purchases their peanuts.  We buy ours already ground into a form appetizingly called peanut paste.  No need for added ingredients because the grinding process releases the oils that create the paste.  This paste then goes into the filling for Nutty Buddy Bars®, Peanut Butter Creme Pies, and Peanut Butter Crunch Bars!  And if you are one of those people who “doesn’t like peanut butter,” the peanut can do wonders for you outside of recharging your battery.  Run to your local restaurant and put in your order for their used oil straight out of the fryer and power your road trip to one of the six U.S. cities, such as Peanut, Pennsylvania. Affordable, sustainable, nutritious…choose the power of the peanut!

 


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