November is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
If you love peanut butter, November is your month to indulge! Southeastern U.S. peanut farmers started Peanut Butter Lover’s Day back in 1990 and since then the popularity of this delicious spreadable has resulted in a celebration that spans the entire month.
Can you believe that Americans will consume 65 million pounds of peanut butter in November? It’s not so hard to believe given that the delightful spread can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. And who doesn’t love sneaking a spoonful of yummy peanut butter every now and then?
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Did you know that peanuts are not actually a nut, but a legume? Legumes, such as peas and lentils, grow in pods that have two halves. They’re are a healthy part of any diet since they’re high in fiber and are terrific sources of protein and anti-nutrients.
Peanuts have been grown for over 7,000 years, so it’s a safe bet that our ancestors ate plenty of peanuts and by extension peanut butter. But the popularity of peanut butter spread (get it?) when a chemist applied for the first peanut butter patent in 1884.
Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter, with crispy pieces suspended throughout the jar, or do you like a more even, smooth-able peanut butter? Whichever type you have in your pantry, November is an excellent month to try out some new recipes with this tasty ingredient.
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Sure, you could always settle for the plain old PB&J sandwich, but how about making some tasty peanut butter cookies to share with your friends and family? With the holidays just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to whip up a big batch for gift giving.
But, if you’re not into baking, you can still spread the love by donating jars of peanut butter to your local food bank or shelter!