Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. and originated in South America. The ancient Incas used peanuts and were known to have made it into a paste-like substance. The first commercial peanut crop was grown in Virginia in the early to mid 1840's and in North Carolina beginning around 1818.
In the United States, George Washington Carver discovered three hundred uses for peanuts . He started popularizing uses for peanut products including peanut butter beginning in 1880. The most famous of Carver's research took place after he arrived in Tuskeegee in 1896. However, Carver did not patent peanut butter as he believed food products were all gifts from God.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented a version of peanut butter in 1895. Kellogg served the patients at his Battle Creek Sanitarium peanut butter. Joseph Lambert worked for Dr. Kellogg and began selling his own hand-operated peanut butter grinder in 1896. Almeeta Lambert published the first nut cookbook, "The Complete Guide to Nut Cookery" in 1899. Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis patented a peanut butter-making machine in 1903. Peanut butter was first introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
By 1914, many companies were making peanut butter. Joseph L. Rosenfield invented a churning process that made smooth peanut butter smooth. In 1928, Rosenfield licensed his invention to the Pond Company, the makers of Peter Pan peanut butter. In 1932, Rosenfield began making his own brand of peanut butter called Skippy which included a crunchy style peanut butter.
Peanuts and peanut butter became an integral part of the Armed Forces rations in World Wars I and II. It is believed that the U.S. army popularized the peanut butter and jelly sandwich for sustenance during maneuvers in World War II.
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