United States National Peanut Butter Day

January 24: Wikipedia

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

March 1: National Day Calendar

Which would you acknowledge?

National Peanut Butter Day, or National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day?

True or False?

Peanut Butter dates from the Aztecs in the first century of the Common Era (CE).

True!

The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas, and peanut paste may have been used by the Aztecs as a toothache remedy in the first century of the Common Era (CE).

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~ Wikipedia: Peanut butter

Is Peanut Butter a Victorian Development, Or Not?

Farmers grew peanuts in the United States

Peanuts grown in Arkansas City, Kansas, published in The Daily Commonwealth of Topeka, Kansas on August 23, 1871.

Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.

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~ National Day Calendar: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day- March 1

The Universal Exposition in St. Louis was an annual fair from 1855 (when founded by the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association) through 1902 when the last official fair was held… because preparations were underway for the 1904 World’s Fair (also in St. Louis). [paraphrased from Wikipedia: Saint Louis Exposition]

… Modern peanut butter, its process of production and the equipment used to make it, can be credited to at least three inventors.

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In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. In 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a nutritious protein substitute for people who could hardly chew on solid food. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine.

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~ National Peanut Board

Canadian pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson was granted a US Patent for peanut butter manufacturing 12 years before George Washington Carver began his famous work. [Source: Reddit]

John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. (about 29 years of age) was an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, and businessman. “Kellogg is best known today for the invention of the breakfast cereal corn flakes, with his brother, Will Keith Kellogg.”(Image: Public Domain) [source: Wikipedia]

Educating Housewives All About Peanuts, 1897

All About Peanuts, Part 1 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897.

All About Peanuts, Part 2 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (Suggestions for peanuts, including additions to

All About Peanuts, Part 3 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (Peanut paste recipe continued, peanut meringue shells, and peanut croquettes)

All About Peanuts, Part 4 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (Peanut croquettes recipe continued, salted peanuts, and peanut soup recipe)

All About Peanuts, Part 5 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (peanut jumbles recipe)

All About Peanuts, Part 6 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (a mayonnaise-based peanut salad, peanut wafers recipe)

All About Peanuts, Part 7 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (peanut candy, peanut caramel)

All About Peanuts, Part 8 of 8, published in The Ozark County News of Gainesville, Missouri on February 11, 1897. (another peanut candy, dinner bonbon, peanut coffee [a coffee substitute!])

American Victorians Use the Peanut

Peanut Puree Recipe, published in The Baltimore Sun of Baltimore, Maryland on October 10, 1894.

Peanut Sandwiches, The Buffalo-Enquirer of Buffalo, New York on January 3, 1895.

Products of the Peanut, The Washington Standard of Olympia, Washington on November 11, 1898.

Recipe for Duchesse Potatoes using Peanut Flour. The Kansas Patron of Olathe, Kansas on December 1, 1898.

Peanut Products, part 1 of 2. The Watchman and Southron of Sumter, South Carolina on April 19, 1899.

Peanut Products, Part 2 of 2. The Watchman and Southron of Sumter, South Carolina on April 19, 1899.

Peanut Paste Cookies recipe, published in The Times of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1900.

…and buy it commercially prepared

Purity Peanut Paste advertised in News-Journal of Mansfield, Ohio on March 30, 1900.

Peanut Uses, referencing the United States crop in 1899, where the bulk of the crop is from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Melvin Transcript of Melvin, Illinois on May 18, 1900.

Peanut Scotchies Candy, advertised in The Los Angeles Times of Los Angeles, California on June 16, 1900.

Other United States “National Days”

January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day

February 23: National Banana Bread Day

June 20: National Ice Cream Soda Day

April 7: National Coffee Cake Day

April 23: World Book and Copyright Day

July 6: International Kissing Day

September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day

October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day

July 30: National Cheesecake Day

November 26: National Cake Day

December 4: National Cookie Day

December 30: National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

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