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NC Peanuts
E-Mail Nick Lassiter - Peanut Marketing Specialist

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NC Peanut Fun Facts:

  • North Carolina has 5,000 peanut farmers.
  • North Carolina ranks third in peanut production in the United States.
  • The peanut variety grown by North Carolina Peanut farmers is primarily the Virginia type. The Virginia type is distinguished by its large oval shape and reddish brown skin. Because they are the largest peanut grown, the Virginia type is frequently referred to as "the peanut of gourmets". They are valued by consumers for their large size and beauty as well as their outstanding flavor and pleasing crunchy texture.
  • Most of North Carolina's peanuts are consumed "out-of-hand", as cocktail peanuts, instead of crushed into peanut butter or incorporated into candies. Consumers enjoy North Carolina's peanuts roasted, salted in the shell, boiled, and in other processed forms. Americans consume over 12 pounds of peanuts per person per year.
  • Peanuts are high in vegetable protein and vitamin B, low in sodium and contain no cholesterol. Since peanuts are a legume, they reduce the need for additional fertilizers as they return nitrogen to the soil as they grow.



NCDA&CS Markets Division, Joe Sanderson, Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3100; FAX: (919) 733-0999