Peanuts Facts

Interesting Facts About Peanut

♥ Peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.

♥ Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.

♥ There are four types of peanuts grown in the USA — Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.

♥ Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.

♥ March is National Peanut Month and November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.

♥ Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.

♥ Peanuts are planted after the last frost in April or early May.

♥ Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.

♥ Mountaineer Tom Miller used his nose to push a peanut to the top of Colorado’s Pikes Peak in four days, 23 hours and 47 minutes (if true, that beats the record set by Texan Bill Williams, who took three weeks and went through 170 pairs of pants to accomplish the same feat in 1929).

♥ 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.

♥ Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

♥ Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year.

♥ The peanut growth cycle from planting to harvest is about five months.

♥ When making PB&J sandwiches, 96% of Americans put the peanut butter on before the jelly.

♥ 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.

♥ Two 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 record.

♥ A mature peanut plant produces about 40 pods that then grow into peanuts.

♥ Ever wonder where the term “Peanut Gallery” comes from? The term 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.

♥ Besides being high in protein, peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free. They are also an excellent source of folate, meaning they have the ability to reduce the risk of some birth defects in the brain and spinal cord.

♥ Talk about setting records! The world’s largest reported peanut was four inches long. It was grown in North Carolina by Mr. Earl Adkins.

♥ Peanuts have come a long way from their original use of feeding pigs to becoming acounted for as two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the United States.

♥ Chocolate manufacturers use 20% of the worlds peanuts (2008).

♥ 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.

♥ Historically, the largest producer of peanuts in the world was India, but production in China overtook Indian production in the mid-1990s. For the period 1996 to 2000, China produced almost 40% of the world crop, and India almost 25%, with the U.S. in 3rd place with almost 6%.

♥ 20% of the world’s peanut production is used in candy.

♥ One acre of peanut plants yields about 2,860 pounds of peanuts.

♥ Peanuts are also called goobers, goober peas, pindars, ground nuts, earth nuts, monkey nuts, and grass nuts.

♥ Peanuts contain about 28% protein, 50% oil and 18% carbohydrates.

♥ Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the U.S.

♥ The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.

♥ Mr. Peanut was created by 13 year-old Antonio Gentile in a logo contest held by Planters in 1916. He won the grand prize of $5.00. His drawing of a peanut person with arms and crossed legs was refined by a professional illustrator who added the top hat, monocle, white gloves and cane.