Approximately half the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association, a division of Alabama Farmers Federation, is composed of peanut producers throughout the state. The Alabama Peanut Producers has an office located at 1810 Reeves St., in Dothan, Alabama.
Peanuts have the most protein of any nut. One ounce of peanuts gives you seven grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, fiber and bioactive compounds. One small serving of peanuts helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer. Recent studies show us that peanuts lower cholesterol, help prevent chronic disease, manage hunger and weight, and improve the nutrient quality of our diets.
About half of U.S. peanuts consumed domestically are in the form of peanut butter. Peanuts are the main ingredient in peanut butter. By law, peanut butter must contain 90% peanuts. The other 10% is for stabilizers and sweeteners. Americans consume approximately 800 million pounds, or 3.3 pounds per person, of peanut butter per year — that’s enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon.
Last year, Alabama farmers harvested 189,000 acres of peanuts, producing 400 million pounds valued at $118 million. For more details about peanut statistics in Alabama, visit the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service website.