It’s National Peanut Day And These Are All The Peanut Fun Facts

  • Because who doesn't love peanuts and fun facts?

National Peanut Day is today, September 13th . Here are a bunch of peanut fun facts to celebrate, well, peanuts!

  • In the U.S., it’s illegal to label a product “peanut butter” if it’s less than 90% peanuts. 
  • For every 12oz jar of peanut butter, there are over 500 peanuts stuffed in.
  • The phrase “peanut gallery” comes from the 1800’s. People in the audience upper levels of stage productions would throw peanuts at performers when they weren’t happy with the show.
  • Women, children, and people on the West Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men and people on the East Coast prefer chunky peanut butter, statistically.
  • March is National Peanut Month. Did you know this as one of the peanut fun facts?
  •  Farmers harvest  peanuts 140 to 150 days after planting.
  • Peanuts have the most efficient water use carbon footprint.
  • The US has a yearly export of over 200,000 tons of peanuts.
  • Peanuts make money! They’re the 18th most valuable crop worldwide.
  • Despite the name, peanut aren’t actually nuts, they’re legumes and they grow underground.
  • George Washington Carver didn’t really invent peanut butter but he is known as the “plant doctor” and the “grandfather of peanuts.” He discovered many ways to use peanuts.
  • The more popular peanuts are “in a place” the less peanut allergies there are.
  • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. 
  • The city “Peanut” exists in six different places around the United States. Peanut, California; Peanut, Tennessee; Peanut, Pennsylvania; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; and Peanut West Virginia.
  • Two of our former presidents were peanut farmers. How fun is this as one of the peanut fun facts? They were Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter. 
  • It takes almost five gallons of water to process 1oz of peanuts. (In comparison, it takes 80 gallons of water for 1oz of almonds.) 
  • Did you know there’s a Guinness World Record for how far a person has thrown a peanut. Colin Jackson holds the record for a distance of 124ft and 4 inches. 
  • Mr. Peanut, of Planters, is over 100 years old. In 1999, he got his own peanut shaped car, named the NutMobile. 
  • Peanut flowers are yellow.
  • Peanuts are the most sustainable nut, from roots to hulls, no part of the plant goes to waste. 
  • Half of the top ten best selling candy bars in the US have peanuts in them.
  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. This is one of the best of the peanut fun facts!
  • Another record about peanuts? The most peanut butter and jelly sandwiches eaten in one minute was six sandwiches. 
  • Peanut shells cans make fire kindling, logs, packing material, compost or even kitty litter. 
  • Runner, Virginia, Spanish, and Valencia are the four different types of peanuts. 
  • The average American eats more than 6 pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products every year. 
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free. 
  • The average peanut farm is 200 acres.
  • Peanuts are the 7th most valuable crop in the United States.
  • Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the US. The state accounts for over half of the peanuts produced annually.
  • The largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich goes to Grand Saline, TX. The sandwich weighed in at 1,342 pounds.
  • Peanut products have been used to treat malnutrition in emergency situations. Peanuts literally save lives. 
  • “Goober” is a nickname for peanuts. The word comes from “nguba,” the word for peanut in the Congo.
  • Mr. Peanut was created by 13-year-old Antonio Gentile. There was a logo contest held by Planters in 1916 and he won the grand prize of $5.00. 

How much do you love all these peanut fun facts? Will you celebrate National Peanut Day?