Amazing Peanut facts you should know


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  • The peanut is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.
  • It is native to South America, but it can be found in Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australia today.
  • Peanuts and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol-free.
  • Peanuts grow in sandy, loamy soils, from April to October, depending on the variety, and require 120-160 frost free days.
  • Peanuts contain more than 30 nutrients that are essential for the human health. They are rich source of proteins, vitamins of the B group and dietary fibers.
  • Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.
  • Peanut oil is valued as premium cooking oil by cooks and chefs worldwide.
  • There are four types of peanuts grown in the USA — Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
  • Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak (14,100 feet) using his nose in 4 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 3 seconds.

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