First the trivia:
- The peanut isn't really a nut. It's a legume, related to beans and lentils.
- Peanut butter was first introduced to the USA in 1904 at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the "new treat" at his concession stand.
- Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
- Peanuts have more antioxidants than grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and carrots.
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth
- Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
- Peanuts flower above ground and then migrate underground to reach maturity.
- Peanuts are cholesterol-free. (my favorite!)
- Two different presidents were peanut farmers can you name them both? (answers at the bottom)
- November is National Peanut Butter Month, so we might get to speak about these wonder nuts, excuse me legumes again!
Now the recipes:
½ pound lard
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
½ cup raisins
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup mixed bird seeds
¼ cup honey or molasses
about 3-4 cups cornmeal
Soften the lard and peanut butter briefly in the microwave to make it easier to mix. Add raisins, seeds, honey or molasses, and as much cornmeal as the mixture will absorb. I keep this in the refrigerator and soften it in the microwave when I'm ready to put it out. I "butter" it directly onto tree branches and place big dollops of it on the tops of bird feeders; it will, however, stain tree bark. You can also freeze it in a square cake pan, cut it into blocks, and insert the blocks into suet feeders.
Presidential Peanut Farmers - Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter!