Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tika & Peanuts

Tika loves peanut butter. Her favorite treat is to give her a 99% empty peanut butter jar and let her, with her long snout and longer tongue, go after the residue. Peanuts and peanut butter are a universal treat and have been for a long time.For doggers too.

But they were not always so. They have a long history of growing in the Western Hemisphere and, to shorten the story, made a resurgence after the Civil War but only among the poorer folks in the South. Why the South? Because peanuts grow best there.

To bring this around to genealogy, think how many of our "poor folk" Southern ancestors must have grown and eaten their share of this delicious legume. Wonder if they mashed them to make a form of peanut butter? 

Remember the Kingston Trio song something about "eating goober peas?"  They were singing about peanuts.

To learn more about peanuts than you ever wanted to know, click on the link below:

Meanwhile Tika is asking, "Is that jar empty YET?"

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