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Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, by Jon Krampner

By Jon Krampner

More than Mom's apple pie, peanut butter is the all-American nutrients. With its wealthy, roasted-peanut aroma and style; caramel hue; and gooey, consoling texture, peanut butter is a permanent favourite, present in the pantries of at the very least seventy five percentage of yank kitchens. american citizens consume greater than a thousand million kilos a 12 months. in keeping with the Southern Peanut Growers, a alternate staff, that is sufficient to coat the ground of the Grand Canyon (although the organization does not say to what height).

Americans spoon it out of the jar, consume it in sandwiches on its own or with its bread-fellow jelly, and eat it with meals starting from celery and raisins ("ants on a log") to a grilled sandwich with bacon and bananas (the vintage "Elvis"). Peanut butter is used to taste sweet, ice cream, cookies, cereal, and different meals. it's a deeply ingrained staple of yank early life. besides cheeseburgers, fried poultry, chocolate chip cookies (and apple pie), peanut butter is a consummate convenience nutrition.

In Creamy and Crunchy are the tales of Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan; the plight of black peanut farmers; the resurgence of traditional or out of date peanut butter; the explanations why american citizens like peanut butter larger than (almost) a person else; the 5 ways in which cutting-edge product isn't the same as the unique; the function of peanut butter in scuffling with 3rd global starvation; and the Salmonella outbreaks of 2007 and 2009, which threatened peanut butter's sacred position within the American cabinet. To a shocking quantity, the tale of peanut butter is the tale of twentieth-century the United States, and Jon Krampner writes its first renowned background, wealthy with anecdotes and evidence culled from interviews, learn, travels within the peanut-growing areas of the South, own tales, and recipes.

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The peanut was associated with the peanut gallery, the uppermost section of a theater farthest from the stage, where seats were cheapest and patrons rowdiest. But peanuts steadily became more commercially significant. 26 Peanut producers were determined to clean up the peanut’s image, and by the turn of the twentieth century, they had largely succeeded. The Richmond Dispatch wrote that peanuts were no longer considered vulgar,27 while a 1902 Good Housekeeping issue featured an article on “The Social Rise of the Peanut,” accompanied by an illustration of a peanut wearing a top hat, monocle, gloves, and spats and carrying a cane,28 looking like an early prototype of Planters’ Mr.

They’re small (although not as small as Spanish peanuts); a little bland, some would say; and used in most peanut butter. S. crop. S. peanuts. They’re sold as in-shell peanuts in supermarkets and baseball stadiums, and used in kung-pao chicken. 2). Although Virginias used to be common in peanut butter, they’ve been supplanted by runners, and now it’s hard to find a peanut butter that uses Virginias. The only ones I know of are the Koeze Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, which makes the Cream-Nut brand, and the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Virginia.

By the eighteenth century, peanuts were found in temperate regions around the world. ★★★ Like most legumes, peanuts replenish rather than deplete the soil, adding the nitrogen many plants remove. What makes peanuts unusual botanically is the way they reproduce. Cultivated peanuts are annuals, and the peanut, planted two inches underground, is the seed. Out of it grows the peanut plant, whose twinned pairs of gray-green, clamshell-shaped leaves sparkle slightly in the morning sun and fold up against each other at night, as is the custom among legumes.

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