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Originally from South America, peanuts are grown in the warm climates of Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. Peanuts are grown commercially in 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. 10
Florida is a major producer of boiling peanuts, which are usually planted early and throughout the year (February–July) to keep a continuous supply. 11
About 75% of U.S. peanuts are used domestically. The rest are exported primarily to Canada, Japan, and Western Europe. Americans eat an average 3.5 pounds of peanut butter per person per year. 6,10,11

Peanuts are adapted to all portions of Florida except South Florida. 2 Most of the commercial acreage of boiling peanuts is in central and north Florida, but peanuts are also planted for early spring harvest in warm areas of southern counties. 4