Peanut Butter


Peanut Butter is a paste or food spread made from ground roasted peanuts and palm sugar. It goes well in sandwiches with jelly or with fruit like apples, and is often used to flavor cookies and other baked goods.

Peanut Butter is a good source of proteins, folate, niacin and dietary fiber. Both Creamy and Chunky versions are sold.


Other names: nut butter, Smooth Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter
Translations: Zemesriekstu sviests, Žemės riešutų sviestas, Pastă de arahide, Kikiriki maslac, Pindakaas, मूंगफली का मक्खन, Арахисовое масло, Φιστικοβούτυρο, زبدة الفول السوداني, 땅콩 버터, Arašídové máslo, Selai kacang, Mani mantikilya, 花生酱, Mantega de cacauet, Arašidovo maslo, Arašidové maslo, אֱגוזן, Jordnötssmör, Кикирики бутер, ピーナッツバター, Beurre d'arachide, Manteca de cacahuete, Арахісове масло, Maapähkinävoi, Фъстъчено масло

Physical Description

Peanut butter can be either cream or crunchy, the former being ground to a smoother consistency. It is usually very thick.

Colors: tan, light brown

Tasting Notes

Flavors: sweet, nutty
Mouthfeel: Smooth, Sticky, Thick, Sometimes chunky, Thick, Clammy
Food complements: Jelly, Cookies, Cakes, Breads, Chicken
Wine complements: White wine, Late harvest reisling, Reisling, Viognier
Beverage complements: Tea, Milk, Mead, Beer, Coffee
Substitutes: Sunflower seed butter, Almond butter, Hazelnut butter, Nutella, Cashew butter, Dark chocolate dreams

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Peanut butter is available in smooth, chunky (with small bits of chopped peanuts), natural, reduced-fat, no sugar added, and even swirled with jelly for those time-challenged consumers.
Buying: Any supermarket or grocery store
Procuring: Peanuts used for peanut butter are primary grown in the southern United States. They are planted in April and harvested in September and October. The peanuts are then roasted and ground into peanut butter.

Preparation and Use

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a popular choice among children. Peanut butter is also used to make cookies and other desserts. Many candies also contain peanut butter, surrounded by chocolate.

Cleaning: not necessary

Conserving and Storing

Store bought peanut butter has a shelf life of about 1 year and should be stored in cool, dark place. Homemade peanut butter, however should be refrigerated.


Many people are allergic to peanut butter. Also, there have been incidents of salmonella contamination in factories producing peanut products.

History: There is evidence of crushed peanuts being eaten for centuries. The modern day origin of peanut butter is attributed to a physician who advised people to eat it for protein when they could not chew meat. The first patent for peanut butter was given to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg around 1890. C.H. Sumner introduced peanut butter to the world at the Universal Exposition of 1904 in St. Louis, and n 1922, Joseph L. Rosefield patented a smoother, less gritty version. Peanut butter evolved more over time, and Pocter and Gamble released Jif in 1958.



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Yeah, Jif!

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now they have a low calorie peanut butter powder that when mixed taste like the real thing and only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons...its called pb2 can only get on line...i can now have peanut butter love love it

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