Today we’re celebrating National Peanut Lovers Day. Being an avid lover of the legumes, I am celebrating my own relish of peanuts by digging through a few facts about the crop. Oh, and unearthing some deliciously nutty recipes too.
A few peanut facts from the National Peanut Board:
• The average American consumes nearly six pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.
• Four varieties of peanuts are grown in the U.S.: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
• It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
• By law, peanut butter must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
• Americans spend almost $800 million on peanut butter each year (so here’s to hoping peanut butter doesn’t go up in cost!)
• The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.
• Peanuts and peanut butter contain more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
Alabama is a leading producer of peanuts in the U.S., ranking second nationally. To learn more about how Alabama farmers are rotating peanut and cotton crops to prevent the depletion of nutrients in the soil, see this article in Alabama Agriculture.
And because I can’t think about peanuts for this long without wanting to snack on a few, here are a few recipes for my fellow peanut lovers:
Thai Tuna Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise
Chopped dry-roasted nuts add something different to this burger recipe.