- The Five Civilized Tribes brought peanuts to the Indian Territory,
planting them in small gardens. After the general settlement
of Oklahoma Territory, residents also planted parcels of the
nuts, often selling or trading them to neighbors.
- The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and
- 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.
- Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the U.S. Oklahoma
normally places in the top 10.
- The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in
- The average American consumes
more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products
- March is National Peanut Month.
- Peanuts are planted after
the last frost in April or early May.
- Dr. George Washington
Carver researched and developed more than 300 uses for peanuts
in the early 1900s; Dr. Carver is considered "The Father
of the Peanut Industry" because
of his extensive research and selfless dedication to promoting
peanut production and products.
- Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard
brought a peanut with him to the moon.
- Tom Miller pushed a peanut
to the top of Pike's Peak (14,100 feet) using his nose in 4
days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 3 seconds.
- Most USA peanut farms
are family-owned and -operated.
- The peanut plant originated
in South America.
- As early as 1500 B.C., the Incans of Peru
used peanuts as sacrificial offerings and entombed them with
their mummies to aid in the spirit life.
- Peanuts contribute
more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year.
- The peanut
growth cycle from planting to harvest is about five months.
average peanut farm is 100 acres.
- The peanut plant produces
a small yellow flower.
- Americans eat more than 600 million pounds
of peanuts (and 700 million pounds of peanut butter) each year.
flower above ground and then migrate underground to reach maturity.
peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA - Thomas
Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
- Adrian Finch of Australia holds
the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the
lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the
- A mature peanut plant produces about 40 pods that then
grow into peanuts.
- Peanuts are a good source of folate, which
can reduce the risk of certain birth defects in the brain and
- The term "Peanut Gallery" became popular
in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost
seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People
seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common
food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied
to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants
of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their
displeasure with the performance.
- Africans ground peanuts into stew as early as the 15th Century.
- In the U.S., annual peanut production (about 1.5 million
tons per year) often exceeds the production of beans and peas
- Worldwide, about 2/3 of the crop is processed for peanut
- Peanut oil accounts for 8% of the worlds edible oil production.
Peanut Butter Facts
- Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA. Nearly
half of the United States peanut crop is used to make
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut
- There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000
peanut butter sandwiches.
- Peanut butter was first introduced
to the USA in 1904 at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis
by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the "new treat" at
his concession stand.
- The oldest operating manufacturer and
seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since
- Peanut butter is consumed in 89 percent of USA households.
world's largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars
of the tasty treat every day.
- Women and children prefer creamy,
while most men opt for chunky.
- People living on the East Coast
prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast
prefer the crunchy style.
- Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over
- It takes two grindings to make peanut
butter. The intense heat produced from one, long grinding would
ruin the flavor of the peanut butter.
- November is Peanut Butter
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut
butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
- The average child will
eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she
graduates high school.
- The world's largest peanut butter and
jelly sandwich was created in Oklahoma City on September
7, 2002, by the Oklahoma Peanut Commission and the Oklahoma
Wheat Commission. The PB & J
sandwich weighed in at nearly 900 pounds, and contained 350
pounds of peanut butter and 144 pounds of jelly. The amount
of bread used to create the sandwich was equivalent to more
than 400 one-pound loaves of bread.
- The patent for peanut butter was awarded to Dr. John Harvey
Kellogg in 1895.
- The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year
could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter
jars one and one-third times.
- Americans spend almost $800
million a year on peanut butter.
- Americans eat enough peanut
butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches. That's
enough peanut butter to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon.
- Sliced peanut butter
was developed at Oklahoma State University.
- By law,
any product labeled "peanut butter" in
the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
Classroom Recipes With Peanuts
Poems and Songs About Peanuts