Creamy or Chunky? With chocolate or jelly? On celery or in savory dishes? I love peanut butter and breakfast is not complete without the peanut butter jar on the table.  Around 1000 BC, Aztecs and Incas made a peanut paste, thought not nearly as creamy and tasty as the peanut butter but we know. The peanut has travelled the world and paired up with shrimp, chicken, marshmallows plus so much more.

For good health: peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

Interesting facts:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner who sold $705.11 worth of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
  • Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
  • North Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • Most women and children prefer creamy while most men prefer crunchy.
  • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

It has also been said that these tasty nuts have the ability to deter the nasty reaper.