Peanuts

Peanuts are omnipresent in cuisines from South America to Africa to Asia, but some truly American innovation made them an iconic part of our cuisine. George Washington Carver was born into slavery and became a botanist and inventor, and among his greatest accomplishments was convincing Southern farmers to consider peanuts as an alternative to cotton monoculture, which became key to their survival after the boll weevil devastated the region's crops. What made Carver's argument especially compelling were the 300 uses he offered, including malted peanuts, meat substitutes, instant coffee and all manner of confections that are still a beloved part of the American diet.

Make Mindy Segal's Peanut Butter Thumbprints with Strawberry Lambic Jam.

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