March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! Whether salted in the shell for a ballpark or circus snack, ground into peanut butter or tossed in a salad or stir-fry, peanuts find their way into everything from soup to nuts as a snack—raw or roasted.
National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941 and was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974. According to peanutbutterlovers.com, March is also National Nutrition Month – a great time to recognize the nutritional value of peanuts. One serving of peanuts is a good source of protein, Vitamin E, Niacin, Folate, Phosphorus and Magnesium. Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.
This celebration of National Peanut Month has local significance since the Krema Nut Company, producer of peanut butter and other nut specialties, is located right here in Columbus, Ohio. Benton Black Krema’s founder produced his first batch of peanut butter in 1908, making Krema the oldest peanut butter company still in operation.
Having been around for more than 100 years, Krema attributes its success, in part, to the special way in which their peanuts are processed. According to their website “Our master roaster has been with Krema for over 25 years. Under his watchful eye, Krema nuts are gently roasted in small batches by hand. It is this time-honored tradition that gives Krema nuts their incredible, distinctive flavor. Our creamy and crunchy peanut butter is completely natural – always has been. That means we don’t add salt, sugar, or preservatives.”
Although peanuts, as plants originating in the Western Hemisphere, are not mentioned in the Bible, there is a reference in Genesis 43:10 to “nuts and almonds” which were among the gifts Israel sent to the magistrate in Egypt who turns out to be his son, Joseph. There is also a reference to a “garden of nuts” in Song of Solomon. The Bible, however, contains several specific references to “almonds.” Among the specialty products manufactured by the Krema Nut Company is almond butter, a personal favorite of mine, since I am allergic to peanuts.
For more than 100 years Krema has been satisfying the discriminating tastes of nut lovers across the globe. Jon Krampner, in discussing tastes in peanut butter, had this to say: “The best crunchy I’ve found is Krema.”
Krampner, author of the upcoming book, “Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food” has established www.creamyandcrunchy.com, a website where visitors can learn more about peanuts and peanut butter…read an excerpt from the book and peruse the table of contents and even take the peanut butter quiz. The site also features six songs about peanut butter and four about peanuts, including “Peanut Butter” by the Marathons, described as “almost a note-for-note copy of the version by the Olympics, the definitive peanut butter song.” Other musical renditions include “Eatin’ Goober Peas,” the classic Civil War song about peanuts and a 1947 performance by Dizzy Gillespie’s band of the bebop-style jazz song “Salt Peanuts.”
You can click here and take a virtual tour of the Krema Nut Company or go on an actual tour of the facility which Columbus Underground cites as one of the best factory tours in the area. Click here for the location, directions and hours of operation and further information.
To learn more about peanuts and their association with the legendary George Washington Carver, click here.
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The Krema video—with music by Van Morrison—also offers information regarding peanuts and Krema products: