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Friday, 13 January 2017

Peanut butter


Canadian pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson was the first to patent peanut butter, in 1884. He developed the idea of peanut paste as a delicious and nutritious staple for people who could hardly chew on solid food, a not uncommon state back in those days.

A decade later, George A Bayle Junior, a St. Louis doctor and owner of a food products company developed the idea of peanut butter. The doctor had been looking for a nutritious protein substitute for his patients with bad teeth who couldn't chew meat and had experimented by grinding peanuts in his hand-cranked meat grinder. After mechanizing the process he started selling peanut butter out of barrels for about six cents per pound.

Peanut butter was considered a delicacy and was only served in the finest tearooms in New York City.

The first reference to peanut butter being paired with jelly was in 1901.

Three years later peanut butter came into the limelight at the St. Louis Universal Exposition by concessionaire C. H. Sumner, where it was promoted as a health food.

In 1922, pharmacist Joseph L. Rosenfield invented the churning process that gives peanut butter the smooth texture it has today. He  licensed this process to the company that creates Peter Pan peanut butter six years later, and in 1932, Rosenfield started his own peanut butter company which he named Skippy.


Half of the peanuts grown in America are used to make peanut butter.

in the US, peanut butter must contain 90% peanuts, otherwise it must be called "peanut spread."

The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. That's approximately 45 peanuts per ounce of peanut butter.

It takes one acre of peanuts to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

Almost $800 million a year is spent on peanut butter in the United States.

There's a jar of peanut butter in 75 percent of the homes in America.

60 percent of American consumers prefer the creamy variety over the crunchy kind.

The average European eats less than a tablespoon of peanut butter in a year.

The world's largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich  was assembled in Grand Saline, Texas on November 13, 2010. It was made in Grand Saline, Texas, weighed 1,342 pounds and contained 292 pounds of peanut butter, 340 pounds of grape jelly, and 710 pounds of bread.

Archibutyrophobia (pronounced A'-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Rubbing peanut butter on a stubbed toe acts as a painkiller, due to the oil in the peanuts.

Sources Food For Thought by Ed Pearce,,

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