Peanut Butter and Jelly
Mmmm, peanut butter and jelly. Just the very mention of these familiar words gets our mouth watering, ready for one of the all time great sandwiches. A report conducted in 2002 stated that by the time a typical child graduates from high school, they would have consumed over 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. One of the simplest sandwiches to make, it is a favorite of both parents and children. It is quick to prepare, and kids will happily eat them. We even take it farther than a simple sandwich. It goes great together on pancakes and waffles. They are used together or separate in many different recipes. Its ingredients are simple and basic, peanut butter and jelly. Even each component is simple in its own right. We are told that peanuts originated in the Andes Mountains of South America. As early as 950 BC, there is history of the ancient Andean civilizations eating a paste made from ground peanuts. Once the Spaniards started commerce with the New World, the peanut quickly spread throughout the world. Its taste has been adopted into many traditional cuisines. A favorite food with chefs, it is versatile and easy to use. The invention of peanut butter is credited to George Washington Carver, a research scientist at the Tuskegee Institute. He was researching practical ways to utilize many different vegetables, and tried different ways to process the peanut, and found that plain, roasted peanuts ground into a simple paste was easy to make and tasted good even by itself. The popularity of peanut butter quickly grew. Even President James Garfield is quoted as saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, he must have peanut butter also”. In today’s health conscience society, we recognize peanut butter for a nutritional food source. It contains no cholesterol, no trans fats, is a good source of protein and even contains ample amounts of dietary fiber. Popular in health food stores, it is easily found in its...
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