Agri View: Peanut Butter

Dan Agri View, General, Specialty Crops

Jar of peanut butter on nature background.
Everett Griner gives us unknown facts about peanut butter in today’s Agri View.

Peanut Butter

From: National Peanut Board

Fun Facts: 15 Surprising Facts About Peanuts and Peanut Butter

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • The Huffington Post (Sept. 2014) asked, “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich? “Good question,” we say! Results show, 36 % say strawberry jam is favorite (grape is 31%); favorite bread is white bread (54%); favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56%) and a whopping 80 % like their PB & J with the crust left on the sandwich.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwichFormer President Bill Clinton says one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley.
  • There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
  • According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs. Click here for a peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 cookies per minute. Click here for more Girl Scout cookie fun facts.
  • Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky. Click here for a creamy peanut butter smoothie recipe.
  • People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
  • Boiled peanuts“Boiled peanuts” are considered a delicacy in the peanut growing areas of the South. Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in supersaturated salt water until they are of a soft bean like texture. They are most frequently enjoyed at the end of the day with a favorite beverage.
  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • Peanuts are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas” because peanuts grow underground.

Worried about your waist line? Don’t fret! With more protein than any nut, peanuts used in these peanut recipes will leave your worry free.

Slender Blondie Brownies

peanut butter

Image courtesy of National Peanut Board

Start to finish: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 1.4 ounces (1 brownie)

Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped prunes
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt onto a piece of waxed paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the oil and sugar until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the egg whites and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

Fold in the prunes, peanuts and morsels.

Spread the batter in the pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist-looking crumbs. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 12 pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 149
Calories from Fat: 72
Fat: 8g
Trans fats:  0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Carbohydrate: 19 g
Protein: 3g
Fiber: 2g
Sodium: 64mg

For more delicious recipes from the National Peanut Board, please click here.