Amazing Peanut Facts

   The peanut is otherwise known as a groundnut or "goober nut" from the Congo name "nguba" and is actually a legume.
   The US president Jimmy Carter is one of the world's most famous peanut farmers.
   There are about 50,000 peanut farms in America.
   An American botanist is known to have developed over 300 different uses for the peanut ranging from the dull to the utterly spectacular including shoe polish, shaving cream, toothpaste, grease and ink.
   An Australian inventor is said to have devised a car which runs on peanut butter.
   The famed butter spread based on peanuts was invented by an American doctor back in 1890 to provide a nutritious and easily digestible food for his elderly patients.
   Surveys have revealed that men prefer smooth peanut butter while women prefer crunchy.
   Peanut butter is responsible for over half the consumption of US peanuts.
   The world record for eating 100 peanuts, one at a time is 59.2 seconds.
   Americans consume an average of 12 pounds of peanuts per person per year.
   Peanuts are adaptable and can be used whole, flaked and ground in sweet dishes, cakes and biscuits, whilst nutbutters can be added to soups and stews to thicken them, as well as eaten raw or roasted or made into the famous peanut butter.
   Peanuts contain about 40-50% oil and peanut oil is used in cooking as salad oil, in margarine's and the residue is fed to animals.


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