Peanuts are native to South America, specifically Peru and Brazil.  They were introduced to Europeans when the first Spanish explorers set foot in the Americas.

In the 1800’s Peanuts were grown commercially in South Carolina and used for oil, food, and as a substitute for cocoa.  The nut was considered a food for livestock and the poor and were not popular or too common.

Peanuts took a surge of popularity in 1860 with the beginning of The Civil War.  Peanuts were a popular food among soldiers, and they continued to enjoy the taste after the war ended.  They grew in popularity, but were still harvested by hand and were sold with poor quality making them not extremely popular.  Once Peanuts could be harvested, shelled, and cleaned with ease in 1900 the peanut surged to it full potential of popularity being used in everything as simple as a roasted snack or in cookies, candy, and used for its oil and ground into peanut butter.

The Peanut became the wonder it is today after “The Father of The Peanut Industry” George Washington Carver found over 300 uses for the Peanut including culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic.

To be a Peanut Lover, late tonight I walked up and down every aisle at the grocery store looking for the best peanut items.  I wound up buying and having some Thai Peanut Noodles (which were not good) and a Pay Day bar (which I thought was more ‘Peanut’ than a Mr. Goodbar).