I absolutely love peanut butter. Did you ever play that game where you were stranded on an island and could only have one thing to eat? It would be peanut butter for me. I was on a diet recently and, to lost weight, I had to give up my beloved peanut butter for 4 months (actually I cheated a couple of times). At one point, I mentioned that George Washington Carver should be canonized for inventing this wonderful food. Upon doing some research, though, I found that Carver was not the inventor after all.
Peanut butter actually dates back to Aztec times. But many people have been credited with the title of peanut-butter-inventor, among them George WashingtonCarver. However, he did not invent peanut butter; instead he promoted more than 300 uses for peanuts, among other crops such as soy beans and sweet potatoes.
In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a nutritious protein substitute for people who could hardly chew on solid food. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine.
The peanut (also known as groundnut, earthnut, goober, goober pea, pinda, pinder, Manila nut, or monkey nut) is the edible seed of the plant Arachis hypogaea. It is a member of the pea family and the fruit is not a nut, but a legume or pod. In 1981, a fossilized peanut more than 100,000 years old was found in China. What happened to peanuts over the next 98,000 years is unknown, but it is known that they arrived in Europe from South America, where they have been cultivated for over 2000 years.
Peanuts are the official state crop of Georgia where, in Turner County, you can see the world’s largest peanut. It is a 20 ft-tall monument erected in honor of the importance of the peanut.
It takes about 550 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of creamy peanut butter. The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth if called arachibutyrophobia. The high protein content of peanut butter draws moisture from your mouth — that’s why it sticks.
The average American eats 7 pounds of peanuts and peanut butter a year. [I may exceed that average a bit.]