NOTE: Read all the way through for info on a giveaway I’m doing today
Hi, Winnie Griggs here. I was recently working on a picnic scene and wondered if I could use peanut butter as one of the food items. So of course I dropped everything and started in on researching.
Most people know that the peanut is not really a nut, that it’s really a legume. But did you know that it’s not native to North America at all? Current thinking is that the plant originated in either Brazil or Peru. European explorers discovered the plant and exported it back to their home countries and colonies. Eventually the plant found it’s way to the United States but at first it was considered only fit for livestock feed.
Eventually people discovered how tasty they were and their popularity grew. In the late 1800s , PT Barnum’s circus sped this up as they traveled across the country and sold their ‘hot roasted peanuts’ to the attending crowds.
As for peanut butter, believe it or not, it actually can trace its roots back to Aztec times. The Aztecs took roasted peanuts and mashed them into a paste. However, the invention of the peanut butter we know today is a much more recent occurrence. Below is a timeline:
- 1884 Canadian citizen Marcellus Edson patented a peanut paste – a product that resulted from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces
- 1885 Dr. John Kellogg (the same man who created Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. His idea was to promote it as a healthy protein substitute for patients who no longer had their teeth.
- 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub patented a machine designed to make peanut butter
- 1904 C.H. Summer introduced peanut butter to the world at the St. Louis World Exposition.
- 1908 Columbus, Ohio company Krema Products began selling peanut butter. It is the oldest peanut butter company that is still in operation today
- 1922 Joseph Rosefield, a chemist, invented a process to make peanut butter smoother by churning it.
- 1928 Joseph Rosefield licensed his invention to Swift & Company which was later renamed of Peter Pan
- 1932 Joseph Rosefield decided to produce his own peanut butter, which he marketed under the name Skippy.
- 1934 Rosefield became the first peanut butter manufacturer to add a crunchy-style peanut butter to his line.
And to answer the question I originally undertook this research for, peanut butter would NOT have been something my characters would have on hand.
So, are you a fan of peanut butter? And if so, what is your favorite way to eat it?
And now for the giveaway.
In honor of my new release, I’ll be giving away a copy of my new release, Lone Star Heiress to one of today’s commenters.
LONE STAR HEIRESS (Book 4 of the Texas Grooms Series)
4 ½ star RT Reviewer rating
Rescuer Turned Husband?
Plucky Ivy Feagan is headed to Turnabout, Texas, to claim an inheritance, not a widower’s heart. That all changes when strapping schoolteacher Mitch Parker rescues her in the wilderness. Straightlaced Mitch has never met a woman like Ivy—beautiful, adventurous and good-hearted—but he already lost love once and doesn’t dare try again.
When Turnabout’s gossips target Mitch and Ivy’s friendship, he proposes to save her reputation. But Ivy doesn’t want to marry for honor, and she doesn’t need to marry for money. Ivy will only agree to a proposal made for love’s sake—but will Mitch make his heart part of the marriage offer?
Texas Grooms: In search of their brides…