When you consider that the average American consumes 12 pounds of peanuts a year, it’s safe to assume it’s a popular nut. Or is it? Actually, the peanut isn’t a nut at all but a legume, which means it grows underground like a potato and is related to peas and beans.
In the U.S., average annual consumption of peanuts tops 1.3 million in-shell tons. Over 50% of that quantity goes into the production of peanut butter.