Peanut Butter!

Mar 2, 2020  |     |   General

Who doesn’t love a peanut butter sandwich? PB & J is a staple of the school lunchroom and homeless shelters.  Why is peanut butter a favorite food? Peanut nuts are a great source of protein and inexpensive. That is the perfect combination when stretching a budget.

Around 1500 B.C. the Incas used peanuts as sacrificial offerings. They introduced to peanuts to North America in the 1700s. Peanuts didn’t “catch on” until the 1800s. Even then they were used mainly as animal feed. During the Civil War peanuts became a good food source for both armies, a protein rich and fairly plentiful food. The peanut moved northward, but not as peanut butter yet. Dr. Kellogg (of cereal fame) invent a type of peanut butter in 1895 as a food for his toothless patients. In 1904 peanut butter was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair… the rest is history. Peanut butter now accounts for about $850 million retail sales in America yearly.

George Washington Carver is best known for developing over 300 uses for peanuts, but he didn’t invent peanut butter. It takes only 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, however Girl Scout cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter weekly to make “Do-si-dos” and “Tagalongs”. Peanuts are a “green” crop, it takes less than 5 gallons of water to produce one ounce of peanuts. It takes 80 gallons of water to produce one ounce of almonds! The average European eats less than a tablespoon of peanut butter a year, while Americans consume enough peanut butter to coat the Grand Canyon floor!

Come down and volunteer at Open Door Mission to help make some peanut butter sandwiches for sack lunches. We would also love donations of Girl Scout cookies for the lunches, they don’t have to be the peanut butter ones! We need about 500 lunches for the Streets of Omaha daily, part of the over 4,000+ meals we serve daily.





Maggie Cope
Blog Coordinator