Spread-worthy Facts

Check out these "spread-worthy" peanut butter facts!

  • Peanuts are not actually nuts at all! They are legumes – like beans, peas and lentils.
  • Americans eat three pounds of peanut butter per person every year – enough PB to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!
  • One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Two former U.S. Presidents were peanut farmers: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • March is National Peanut Month; November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
  • The peanut plant is unusual because it flowers above the ground, but fruits below the ground.
  • Runner peanuts are preferred for peanut butter, and are grown primarily in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
  • Peanut shells are used to make kitty litter, wallboard, fireplace logs, paper and animal feed, and are sometimes used as fuel for power plants.
  • Africans ground peanuts into stews as early as the 1400s; Chinese have crushed peanuts into creamy sauces for centuries; and Civil War soldiers dined on “peanut porridge”.