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Nuts About Peanuts!

Did you know that March is National Peanut Month and National Nutrition Month??  Yes, it is almost the end of March…but that’s not going to stop us from sharing some fun facts about peanuts…some of which even relate to nutrition!  So here we go….
  • The average yield for peanuts is about 4,000 pounds of peanuts per acre (in 2017, USDA reported an average yield of 4,047 pounds of peanuts per acre).
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter!
  • Peanuts are a legume, which means that they are nitrogen fixing and can put nitrogen back in the soil for other plants to use!
  • Peanuts are very water efficient – it only takes about 18 gallons of water to produce 1 ounce of peanuts (compared to almonds, which take about 98 gallons per one ounce).
  • Peanuts are an excellent source of niacin and a good source of both vitamin E and magnesium.
  • Half of all peanuts eaten in the U.S. are eaten as peanut butter.
    • A 2014 Huffington Post poll asked “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich?” and the results showed strawberry jelly was the favorite (36%) followed by grape at 31% and that 56% of people preferred smooth peanut butter on their PB & J sandwiches.
  • 99% of all peanut farms are family owned.
  • The average number of acres planted in peanuts per farm was about 240 acres according to the 2012 USDA census and most of those farms also grow at least one other crop.
  • George Washington Carver, who is sometimes referred to as the “plant doctor”, is credited with discovering more than 300 uses for peanuts (although peanut butter is not one of them)!
  • Two U.S. Presidents were also peanut farmers:Thomas Jefferson from Virginia and Jimmy Carter from Georgia.
 
Looking for some great peanut recipes?  Be sure to check out the National Peanut Board website (www.nationalpeanutboard.org/recipes/). 

And teachers – if you are looking for lesson plan ideas, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has a great collection of twelve 3rd to 5th grade activities centered around peanuts!  You can check it out at www.agfoundation.org/files/Discover_the_Powerful_Peanut2.pdf .
 
And we’ve also made an infographic of the fun facts shared here…feel free to click on the image below to download and share!
 
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Monday, March 26, 2018
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