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Peanut Farm Tour and Recipes

Disclosure: My trip to Richmond, VA was sponsored by the National Peanut Board. However, I was not compensated to write this post and all opinions are my own. 

Learn a few fun facts about peanuts as I recap the peanut farm tour in Richmond, VA. Plus, I share my favorite peanut recipes with ya’ll. Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (4)A couple weeks ago, I jetted off to Richmond, VA to tour a peanut farm and learn about all things peanuts. I love any excuse to go down South and experience that warm Southern hospitality. And hospitality we did have. The owners of Hope & Harmony Farms, Jeffery and Stephanie Pope, invited us into their GORGEOUS home which is surrounded by cotton fields. It was my first time seeing vast fields of cotton like this and it was breathtakingly beautiful to look out and see a field of white. Peanut Farm Tour-1DYK that peanuts and cotton are rotated every couple years to manage pests and reduce fungals? Peanut Farm Tour - 1After a quick stop at Jeffery and Stephanie’s home, we hopped back on the bus to pay a visit to the peanut farm.Peanut Farm Tour-5Most people are shocked to learn that peanuts actually grow underground (I know I was).
Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (3)There are four different varieties of peanuts:

  • Runner – with a small, consistent size, these peanuts are used primarily for peanut butter
  • Valencia – on the sweeter side, these are mostly grown in TX
  • Virginia – the largest peanut, Virginias are used mostly for snacking
  • Spanish – the smallest, nuttiest peanut, this variety is used mostly in confections

Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (2)Other fun peanut facts:

  • Peanuts contain more protein per ounce than any other nut (7 grams!)
  • There are about 540 peanuts in one 12oz jar of peanut butter
  • Peanut butter must contain at least 90% peanuts
  • 60% of peanuts grown in the U.S. are used for peanut butter
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  • Peanuts are a sustainable crop – peanuts use 4.7 gallons of water per ounce which is significantly less than other nuts that use closer to 80 gallons per ounce. No part of the nut is wasted – peanut vines are used as cattle feed or compost and the shells are also used as animal feed or biodiesel.
  • Thanks to advancements in technology in harvesting crops, the average crop yield is 4500 lbs of peanuts per acre! That’s a whole lotta peanuts. Especially considering the yield was 3500 lbs per acre just ten years ago.

After eating one too many peanuts off the ground :), we went back to Hope & Harmony Farms for an amazing peanut-inspired lunch. I told you their home is gorgeous!
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Peanut Farm Tour-9The setup for lunch was so pretty! Fresh sunflowers and cotton were used as tablescapes.Peanut Farm Tour-7And at our place settings was our very own peanut butter spoon. YES.Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (6)Lunch was absolutely delicious. A few things on the menu were:

  • Peanut hummus with green peanut oil
  • Baby field greens with rum-cured apricots, shaved Parmesan, honey-roasted peanuts, charred shallot vinaigrette, cornbread crouton and “habanero peanut” deviled egg
  • Peanut slaw with Virginia collards, shaved sweet potato, scallions and sweet chili sauce
  • Pan-fried potato salad with peanut-oil fried potatoes, shaved red onion, roasted garlic, fresh sage and smoked sea salt tossed in whole-grain mustard

Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (5)And the desserts were unreal. I was so excited when I found out we would get to try all three (I couldn’t choose!)

  • Triple-chocolate cheesecake with chili peanut dust
  • Southern sweet potato pie with peanut brittle crust
  • Southampton parfait with cinnamon yogurt, candied peanuts and Maker’s Mark gastrique

Peanut Farm Tour-13After lunch, we got a behind-the-scenes look at the production facility for Hope & Harmony Farms.Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (8)I love their branding and packaging.Peanut Farm Tour - 1 (7)A big thank you to the National Peanut Board and Hope & Harmony Farms for hosting us!  IMG_8417Do you love cooking with peanuts as much as I do? Check out my favorite peanut recipes below!

Spicy Peanut Tofu & Bok Choy Rice BowlSpicy Peanut Tofu and Bok Choy Rice Bowl-1-2Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Heart BitesDark Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Bites - square 800-3-2Collard Green Wraps with Tofu and Thai Peanut SauceCollard Green Wraps with Tofu and Thai Peanut Sauce-5Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal SmoothieChocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie | @TheFoodieDietitian

Tell me, what’s your favorite way to use peanuts in the kitchen?

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. My new favorite trivia question is going to be “how many peanuts are in a 12 oz jar of peanut butter”! Sounds like such a fun experience. My favorite thing to do is get a big spoonful of peanut butter and a small dish of chocolate chips and dip the chocolate chips into the peanut butter…sooooo good!

  2. Ahhh, wasn’t that a magical day? Your photos are stunning (love that you can see the sunflowers in the close up of your PB spoon.) I’m totally pinning all of your peanut recipes – yum. My favorite way to eat peanuts is PB banana toast or pancake almost everyone morning but now I’m experimenting more with PB powder in smoothies and doing the savory peanut sauce thing – more to love!

  3. What an awesome adventure!! I absolutely love peanuts–hence my recent tribute to PB recipes lol! I have to say, I’m not partial to one way of enjoying this superfood! I eat it morning, noon and night in both sweet and savory dishes. Typically though, it’s powdered peanut butter on toast with cinnamon and banana slices, yum!

  4. Great post, Kara! What a fun day it was…and so happy you could be there too!!

  5. I love that peanut butter spoon especially since that’s my favorite way to enjoy pb – a spoonful straight from the jar!

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