So, I’m probably the worst person to write an article for a day dedicated to Peanut butter. I can’t stand the stuff..or really any nutty products for that matter. But it seems everyone else adores this brown goo. So let’s celebrate one of the most enjoyed foods today with some random peanut butter trivia!
Did you know?
Here in the US there are food regulations that require “peanut butter” to be at least 90% peanuts and have no artificial sweeteners or chemical preservatives! Any less peanuts and it’s a “peanut spread”.
Peanut butter is a fairly old food, though not always used as one. It was first invented by the Aztecs and Incas, though it was more of a paste then and wasn’t actually eaten, but possibly used for toothaches. Our version that we know and love today, wasn’t made till the invention of the peanut butter machine by Joseph Lambert at Kellogg in 1884, then in 1922 a chemist created a process to keep the peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He license his invention to the company that created Peter pan peanut butter, then went and created his own brand Skippy!
It’s name is pretty misleading, because the peanut isn’t a nut but a legume and there’s no dairy in Peanut Butter. In the Netherlands it has to be called Peanut Cheese (pindakaas) because the word butter is legally only to be used with products containing butter.
There are many uses for peanut butter other than just eating it. It’s a popular treat for dogs, especially coated inside a hollow dog toy. It’s also great for feeding birds, a simple craft is tying a string to a pine cone, coating it in peanut butter and then rolling it in birdseed. Hang outside and enjoy the birds! And despite the cartoons trying to convince you otherwise, if you want to catch mice..use peanut butter! (Though please use a humane live trap).
Peanut Butter is also popular ingredient in many foods, to keep up with the demand the US is the 3rd largest producer of peanuts behind China and India. More than half of what we produce goes into peanut butter.
There are two varieties of peanut butter: Chunky (also known as crunchy) and Smooth. Which do you prefer?
Because of the possible severity of allergic reactions to peanuts, some schools have banned peanut butter and other peanut products. Interestingly though some studies have shown that exposure to peanuts early in life made it less likely for the infants/young children to develop peanut allergies.
So do you know any oddball peanut butter facts or have a favorite peanut butter treat? I’ll stick to just jelly with no chunks.