Peanut butter lovers unite!
(Creamy or crunchy doesn’t matter)
Because November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
A month to eat peanut butter morning, noon, and night! By the spoonful, if you’d like. Or use it to make your other favorite foods even better.
The month was originally just a day. Southern Peanut Growers created Peanut Butter Lovers Day in 1990. The date was November 4, honoring the date of the first application for a peanut butter patent. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg filed that application on November 4, 1895.
But Americans love their peanut butter! And the delicious, sticky spread was turning 100. So in 1995 the one-day celebration expanded to fill the whole month of November.
Peanuts aren’t really nuts! They are a kind of seed called legumes. Legumes are seeds that grow in a pod, like peas.
Peanut butter is a paste made from peanuts. In its most pure form, it’s just ground up peanuts, with maybe a little salt and/or oil. Honey or sugar if you want it sweeter.
But it can also be dressed up with many other ingredients:
Peanuts, whether whole or ground up, are a healthy food. Reasons for this include:
And a few just-for-fun peanut butter facts:
Scroll down for some ideas on celebrating this deliciously nutty holiday.
For the entire month of November … eat peanut butter!
Have you ever thought about making your own peanut butter? This month might be the time to try. It’s simple! Try one of these recipes (they’re all pretty similar):
Salads, Sandwiches and Entrees:
Desserts and Snacks:
Many dogs love peanut butter! So treat your best friend to some. Just keep a few things in mind:
Make a peanut butter/lard treat for your birds (and probably the squirrels too!). This recipe uses chick starter, a high-protein, vitamin rich feed for newly hatched chicks. It’s apparently also good for giving all birds extra nutrition during harsh weather. But it’s probably not necessary, and you could just substitute bird seed.
For a simple alternative, coat a pine cone in peanut butter and roll in bird seed. Hang.
You’ve probably heard peanut butter helps loosen gum from fabrics and hair, so it’s easier to get off. But it can also get other sticky stuff off other things:
Clean vinyl or leather. Yep, just rub it with peanut butter! Then buff it clean.
Shave with it. Yes, really. If you’re out of your regular shaving cream, use a dollop of peanut butter (creamy, of course!).
If you’re in or near Dothan, Alabama, get yourself to the National Peanut Festival. This annual festival has been happening since 1938! It celebrates the role of peanuts to the area, which grows almost 2/3 of the US peanut crop.