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The Peanut’s Journey to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. It is believed that they originated in Brazil or Peru and were carried to Africa by early explorers and missionaries. From there traders took them to Spain and “The New World.” Colonial traders used the peanuts as food aboard ship as they were cheap and of high food value. The first commercial peanut crop in Virginia was grown in Sussex County (near what is now Waverly) in the early to mid 1840’s and the first ones in North Carolina were grown in the Wilmington area beginning around 1818.

New Spanish peanut variety for consumers, growers

A new Spanish peanut variety that packs high levels of healthful oleic acid has been released by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) scientists and university cooperators. Called OLé, the new variety promises to provide producers and consumers with a peanut that has disease resistance, longer shelf life, and heart-healthy qualities. Click here for more details.

Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research projects in 2015

The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $357,570 in research project funding for the 2015-16 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March and April board meetings. The research projects approved include 29 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service.  Click here for more details.

Spectral Analysis of Peanut Butter: The Multiple Uses of Color Measurement in Nut Products

Peanuts are a major agricultural crop all around the world. Nearly 50% of all shelled peanut products in the United States are processed into peanut butter, and development of this popular commodity depends on spectral analysis for the best visual quality and taste. Perhaps it is already apparent how color measurement would affect the appearance of peanut butter products, but maybe even more important is how the color of roasted peanuts correlates with flavor. Click here for more details.

Peanuts nutrition facts

Delicious, crunchy, and nutty peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries. The kernels are enriched with many noteworthy health-benefiting nutrients essential for optimum health and wellness. They are actually legumes but carry almost all the qualities of other popular edible kernels