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The First Patent For Peanut Butter Was Filed In 1895, And Then It Was Established As A Delicacy Among The Elite

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The name George Washington Carver carries a lot of clout when it comes to peanuts. No American is more closely associated with peanuts than him.

While the agricultural scientist played an important role in popularizing peanut products in America, he was not the actual inventor of peanut butter. So, who was the creator of peanut butter? And how did it become a staple in our diets?

The earliest written records of peanut butter can be traced back to the Aztecs of Mesoamerica and the Incas of South America, who ground roasted peanuts into a sticky paste a few hundred years before North Americans ever did.

However, their version was quite different from the smooth, creamy spread we apply to our bread today.

Some experts suggest that the first peanut paste may have emerged even before those groups made it.

Possibly, Indigenous people who lived from 200 B.C.E. to 800 C.E. in what is now Peru created the first paste.

The appearance of peanut butter in the modern world is credited to several men. One of them was a Canadian chemist named Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

He was the first to receive a patent for a peanut paste in 1884. His paste was meant for people who struggled to chew food.

The paste was made by roasting peanuts and grinding them between surfaces that reached temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. After the product cooled down, it was said to have a similar consistency to butter, lard, or ointment.

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