Profile America — Monday, November 15th. It's a time to celebrate one of life's simple pleasures — it's Peanut Butter Lovers Month. The stuff of America's favorite sandwich, peanut butter was first offered to the public at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. But as we currently know it — with the peanuts roasted and the product churned like butter to be smooth and so the oil won't separate — peanut butter didn't appear on grocery shelves until 1922. While we each eat more than six pounds of peanuts in all forms each year, peanut oil is used to make paints, cosmetics, and lubricants, while the shells are used to make wallboard, abrasives, and fuel. Raising peanuts is a $763 million a year crop in the U.S. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 544
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 212, 815
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