Presidential Tastebuds – Peanut Farmers for President
If you love peanuts, your tastebuds have presidential company. Do you know which two peanut farmers were elected president of the United States? We’ll help you guess: One peanut farmer was elected in 1801 and the other in 1971.
1801 – President Thomas Jefferson
Remember our blog series on Thomas Jefferson—the first foodie? Well, you may not be too surprised to find out that the famous epicurean president started out as a peanut farmer. Actually, we should say that he started out as a peendar farmer.
For that’s what he called those nutty legumes—peendars. So did George Washington. If you share presidential taste, we suggest you try what is rumored to be George Washington’s favorite peanut soup.
And here’s an idea for your Thanksgiving table: Quiz your family members to see if they know the presidential pronunciation of the legendary legume, and gain their admiration for your unrivaled breadth of knowledge.
Check back tomorrow to read about the second peanut farmer who was elected president!