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Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the U.S. — Submitted photo

It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.

The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.

Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the U.S. contain peanuts or peanut butter.

Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the U.S.

Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the U.S. economy each year.

Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.

The average peanut farm is 100 acres.

Consumption facts

The Huffington Post (September 2014) asked, “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” “Good question,” we have said! Results show, 36 percent said strawberry jam is favorite (grape is 31 percent); favorite bread is white bread (54 percent); favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56 percent) and a whopping 80 percent like their PB&J with the crust left on the sandwich.

The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.

The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.

Americans consume on average more than 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.

Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of U.S. households.

Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Peanuts made famous

Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the U.S. — Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

George Washington Carver invented all kinds of things made out of peanuts. He wrote down more than 300 uses for peanuts, including peanut milk, peanut paper and peanut soap. Carver thought if farmers started making things out of peanuts, they’d have to buy fewer things and would be more self-sufficient. And if other people started making things out of peanuts, they would want to buy the extra peanuts, so the farmers would make more money.

Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon.

Former President Bill Clinton confessed 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, Calif.; Lower Peanut, Pa.; Upper Peanut, Pa.; Peanut, Pa., Peanut, Tenn.; and Peanut, W.Va.

Language

Goober — a nickname for peanuts — comes from “nguba,” the Congo language name for peanut.

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

“Peanut Gallery” 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.

Peanuts are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas” because peanuts are actually formed under the ground.

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