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Farm Facts: Peanuts

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Did you know peanuts are grown commercially in 13 states, and Florida is one of the top producers? Florida comes in second only to Georgia, growing more than 11% of our nation’s peanuts – followed by Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

As a whole, the United States is the world’s fourth-largest peanut producer, after China, India and Nigeria. Read on to discover more fun facts about peanuts:

  • Florida farmers generate an annual production value of roughly $145 million for peanuts.
  • The bulk of Florida’s peanut production comes out of the Suwannee Valley and the Panhandle, totaling more than 670 million pounds of peanuts each year.
  • Within the Suwannee Valley region, there are approximately 81,600 acres of peanuts planted with a value estimated at $69 million.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • About 94% of American households consume peanut butter.
  • The average peanut farm spans 200 acres.
  • There are four different types of peanuts: Runner, Valencia, Spanish and Virginia.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the United States – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must consist of at least 90% peanuts.

See more: Farm Facts: Florida Grapefruit


Sources: University of Florida, National Peanut Board