My post ‘Texas Peanut Tour, Farmers, & Recipe’ is sponsored by The Texas Peanut Producers Board. Recipe and all opinions are my own.
Just outside of Lubbock, Texas is home to the largest peanut crops grown in Texas. If you didn’t know this already (I didn’t), Texas is the second largest peanut producing state in the nation. So, as you can imagine, we saw a lot of peanuts on our tour. This means one thing for sure, peanut farmers rely heavily on their peanut crops each year to provide for their families.
Texas Peanut Tour, Farmers, & Recipe
In my story, I hope to convey to you a better understanding of the peanut industry in Texas.
Texas Peanut Blog Tour
Thirteen bloggers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area were invited to Lubbock to learn about the peanut industry in Texas, and to share what we learned with our readers. I don’t know how long it will stay up, but if you take a peek at the Texas Peanut Board, you will see our photo. The Texas Peanut Board, a state organization supports the Texas peanut industry by focusing on research, education and the promotion of Texas peanuts. They are funded merely my voluntary money given by the peanut farmers each time they sell their peanuts. It’s a big thing ya’ll!!
During our 2-day tour, we went from field to factory to learn as much as we could about peanuts and how it affects the local farmers and their families. Wow, I’m a native Texan and there’s so much I learned that I did not know. We started our tour with a visit to a peanut field, then to the factory where peanuts are prepared in many different ways to be sold and shipped out to Texas, our country and to other parts of the world. We had great food at local restaurants all weekend long, we visited a grape field and a winery, had wine, all a while getting in and out of a cool black limousine. It was a very exciting weekend, one that I’ll forever remember.
Texas Peanut Farmers
Peanut crops provide a livelihood for many farmers and their families in West Texas.
Whether you or I agree or disagree in how farmers grow their peanut crops, it’s a means of the livelihood of families. And…even though I would prefer to eat organic peanuts, I would never want farmers to turn to organic farming if it meant his family would suffer.
One farmer in particular took time out of his busy day to talk to us about his peanut farm and gave us a better understanding about the industry as a whole. Information I never knew or understood. We picked his brain about how peanuts are grown, how much is grown in a years’ time, the difference between conventional and organic farming, and many more questions. Though he farms both ways, conventional farming brings him the most money.
Did you know peanuts are grown in the ground. I bet you thought they grew on trees. I bet you also thought peanuts are in the nut family. They are not. Peanuts are related to the bean family which makes them legumes.
Did you know there are 4 varieties of peanuts? The Runner Peanut, Virginia Peanut, Spanish Peanut, and the Valencia Peanut. Texas is the only state to produce all four varieties and organic peanuts.
On average, Texas peanut farmers plant about 200,000 acres of peanuts each year.
Each year, Americans consume more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and 700 million pounds of peanut butter – WOW!
Texas Size Peanut Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup frozen apple chunks
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- plain Greek yogurt (optional)
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp peanuts (I used Virginia Peanuts found in bulk at the grocery store)
- 1 tbsp walnuts
Add all ingredients into a blender; blend until smooth. Serve with toppings.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Texas Peanut Tour, Farmers, & Recipe blog post. To learn more about the peanut industry, please visit the Texas Peanut Board. You can also read what the other bloggers are saying about our trip by following #TXPEANUTTOUR17 on all social media.