Virginia peanuts are a holiday treat
December 06, 2012
CAPRON—Virginia peanuts are a convenient, nutritious snack to have on hand during the holidays.
Peanuts are protein powerhouses, with 1 ounce providing 15 percent of the daily recommendation of protein. And they are surprisingly high in vitamin E, with 1 ounce supplying 29 percent of the recommended daily intake, according to the Virginia Carolina Peanut Growers Association.
Additionally, peanuts and peanut butter are cholesterol-free and high in folate, which has been found to prevent neural birth defects when the vitamin is taken during early pregnancy.
“They are a healthy snack food that’s good to have during the holidays,” said M.L. Everett Jr., a Southampton County peanut grower and chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Peanut Advisory Committee. Everett said the popularity of peanuts has increased because commodity groups have worked to let consumers know about the legumes’ nutritional value.
Virginia peanuts are grown mainly in southeastern Virginia but also are grown in northeastern North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Virginia-type peanut has the largest kernels of any peanut variety and makes up the majority of peanuts roasted and processed in the shell. When shelled, many are sold as gourmet snacks.
“Virginia is known for its peanuts, and our growers harvest some of the best-tasting nuts in the country,” said Tony Banks, a VFBF commodity marketing specialist. “Buying Virginia peanuts for the holidays helps local farmers, and it helps you set out a quick, easy snack that is a crowd-pleaser.”
Everett noted that the winter months are when peanuts are freshest, so the holidays are a good time to buy them. “And peanut products and peanut candies make great gifts,” he added.
Contact Banks at 804-290-1114 or Everett at 757-641-8129.