Peanuts are not only delicious and versatile, they are actually eco-friendly! So why are peanuts such an unbelievable crop?
First of all they are extremely sustainable compared to other nuts. An ounce of peanuts takes about 5 gallons of water to produce. Compare that to almonds, which take 80 gallons of water to produce just one ounce. So give your peanuts some LOVE!
Trying to avoid GMOs in your diet? One of the most interesting facts I learned while on the tour is that there are no GMO peanuts grown in the entire world. So you know all those packages that claim non-GMO peanuts, don’t pay extra for them. All peanuts are non-GMO.
Texas is actually more than just the Dallas Cowboys and BBQ. It’s the 2nd largest peanut producing state in the U.S. and the only state to grow four different types of peanuts (Valencia, Spanish, Runner, and Virginia). Each peanut tastes a little different and is used for different purposes. For example, Runners are typically used for peanut butter.
I learned on this tour that peanuts are awesome and can help save the earth one gallon of water at a time. I not only tasted great food while visiting, I am inspired to create new dishes with peanuts, and not just sweet ones.
Next time you drive through west Texas and see fields upon fields of short green leafy crops, give those farmers a tip of the hat for producing eco-friendly peanuts in peanut butter on a grocery store shelf near you.