Tuesday, January 26, 2010

National Peanut Butter Day

Jan. 22 was National Peanut Butter Day. Check out our Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Natural Peanut Butter as well as other peanut butter products..Peanut Straws, Peanut Butter Pie, Peanut Butter Brownie Pie, Southern Truffles, Peanut Soup and Peanut Butter Petit Fours. There are other holidays associated with peanuts and peanut butter. National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day celebrates the "PB&J" sandwich. It is celebrated April 2. Novenber is National Peanut Butter Lover's Month, March is National Peanut Month, June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, and September 13 is National Peanut Day.

Peanut butter was first created by blending together ground shelled peanuts, vegetable oil, salt. The peanuts are first shelled, then roasted and the skins removed. Then they are ground into a smooth butter spread. Peanut butter must be at least 90 percent peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives to officially be labelled peanut butter. It is sold as either "crunchy" or "smooth/creamy". It is popular in North America where it is used mainly as a sandwich spread, and a key ingredient in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as well as peanut flavored chocolate bars. Peanut butter may also be aded to desserts such as cakes and biscuits. In some types of peanut butter, chocolate, jelly or other ingredients may be added.

Health Benefits: Peanut Butter may protect against a high risk of cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monosaturated fats and resveratrol' butter prepared with the skin of the peanuts has a greater level of resveratrol and other health-aiding agents. Peanut butter (and peanuts) provide protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid.

Fun Facts About Peanut Butter:
Peanut Butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA.
It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
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.
Peanut Butter is consumed in 89 percent of USA households.
Women and children prefer creamy; while most men opt for chunky.
People living on the East Coast prefer East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the chunky style.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
The world's largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich was created in Oklahoma City,OK on Sept. 7, 2002 by the Oklahoma Peanut Commision and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. It weighed in at nearly 900 pounds and contained 350 pounds of peanut butter and 144 pounds of jelly.
The patent for peanut butter was awarded to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in 1895.
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.
Americans eat 3 lbs. of peanut butter per person every year That's about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon.
The average American child eats 1500 peanut butter sandwiches by high school graduation.

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