January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day

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Note: Give a warm welcome to our Spring 2014 Marketing intern, Ali! This is the first of many blog posts by Ali this semester. 

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Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

I’ll admit it – I didn’t know how peanuts grew till very recently. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate peanut butter for everything it is: a quick snack, chocolate’s partner in crime, a banana’s best friend, and (most importantly) delicious.

Here’s a few facts I learned about my favorite nut (or actually, legume!)

  • peanut plant diagramFirst things first: Peanuts are actually located in the root of their plant. Unlike most other plants, the peanut plant flowers above ground but the pod develops underground. Maybe you’ve had a peanut plant in your backyard this entire time! Sneaky peanuts.
  • It takes around 550 peanuts to produce a 12-ounce jar of delicious, wonderful, creamy or crunchy peanut butter. But if you’re worried that your jar doesn’t contain enough peanuts – don’t worry! By law, anything labeled peanut butter must be at least 90% peanuts.
  • The King (Elvis Presley) loved peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches: Hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
  • Think you’ve got a big appetite for peanut butter?
    Grand Saline, Texas holds the title for world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It weighs in at 1,342 pounds! The entire town hosts the Texas Peanut Butter Festival every year, which helps benefit the East Texas Food Bank.
  • Finally, if the thought of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth terrifies you, you might have Archibutyrophobia.

 

Let us know how you’ll celebrate National Peanut Butter day as well as answering this important question: Creamy or Crunchy?

 

Psst, allergic to peanuts? Try another healthy and yummy snack: hummus!

Hummus
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