Why Virginia Peanuts are Better
You probably already know that FERIDIES® uses Virginia Peanuts, but you may not know why we use such a special nut. Here's a bit of background why FERIDIES® uses only the best nuts and why Virginia Peanuts are simply the best.
What's in a Name?
Virginia Peanuts aren't just a designation for where the peanut is grown. Virginia Peanuts are a variety of peanut that is grown primarily in Virginia, but is also grown in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. These peanuts are one of four main types of peanuts grown in the United States. The other types of peanuts are Runner Peanuts, Spanish Peanuts, and Valencia Peanuts.
How are Virginia Peanuts Different from Other Types of Peanuts?
Virginia Peanuts are different from other types of peanuts when it comes to size and taste. They are the largest of all peanuts and have a distinctive crunch. They're also very flavorful. Virginia Peanuts are often called the "Ballpark Peanut" because they're sold hot at baseball games. At FERIDIES® we choose the top 2 percent of the Virginia Peanuts to make up our gourmet peanuts and snacks.
How Common are Virginia Peanuts?
Virginia Peanuts make up about 15 percent of the total US production of peanuts. The most common peanut, the Runner Peanut, makes up about 80 percent of all peanuts grown in the United States. Runner Peanuts are smaller and have uniformed peanuts which roast well, which is why they are used for peanut butter. You will often find gourmet and natural peanut butters using Virginia Peanuts rather than the run-of-the-mill Runner Peanuts.
Does Virginia Only Produce Virginia Peanuts?
Virginia has the perfect soil, weather, and climate to produce Virginia Peanuts, but Virginia also produces some Runner Peanuts too. Out of the 26,000 acres of peanut farmland, Virginia produced almost 25,000 acres of Virginia Peanuts.
At FERIDIES®, we offer only the finest Virginia Peanuts. Taste our peanuts and you'll know FERIDIES® is the best.