There are many interesting facts about peanuts. You may be surprised at some of the following tid bits of information. Share them with friends and family and see there reactions, too!
• Approximately half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama.
• Alabama has 1,400 peanut farmers who employ an additional 2,500 full-time employees.
• The National Peanut Festival, the nation's largest peanut festival, is held each fall in Dothan, Alabama to honor peanut growers. For more information, call the NPF office at (334) 793-4323 or www.nationalpeanutfestival.com
• Americans consume 700 million pounds or 3.3 pounds per person, of peanut butter per year….that's enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon.
• There are approximately 810 peanuts in an 18 oz. jar of peanut butter.
• The United States produces four basic varieties of peanuts: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia. Each type is distinctive in size and flavor. Runners are grown mainly in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.
Brundidge, Alabama hosts the annual Brundidge Peanut Butter Festival the last Saturday in October. For more information, call (334) 735-2385.
• The peanut is unusual because it flowers above the ground, but fruits below the ground.
• By law, any product labeled "peanut butter" in the United States must be at least 90% peanuts.
• Nearly half of the United States peanut crop is used to make peanut butter.
• In the U.S., annual peanut production (about 1.5 million tons per year) often exceeds the production of beans and peas combined.
• Worldwide, about 2/3 of the crop is processed for peanut oil.
• 20% of the world's peanut production is used in candy.
• Peanut oil accounts for 8% of the worlds edible oil production.
• Peanuts are also called goobers, goober peas, pindars, ground nuts, earth nuts, monkey nuts, and grass nuts.
• Peanuts are members of the pea family.
• Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the U.S.
• The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.
• Americans eat 3 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.