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.