Over the years, many of our customers have written us with questions about HUBS and about peanuts in general. We thought you might like a “tour” of the peanut industry to learn what goes into each can of our special peanuts.
The best peanuts in the world are grown in the flat and sandy soil found herein the heart of Southampton County, Virginia. There are many types of peanuts… Georgia Runners, Valencias and Virginias… and each has its special characteristics that set them apart. Of course, here in Virginia, we grow the Virginia type of peanut. Because of their size and quality, they are known the world over as the “Cadillac” of the peanut industry.
In Southampton County, peanut crops are usually planted in May. Many people are often surprised that they grow in the ground and not on trees! As the vine grows on top of the ground, nitrogen-fixing legumes (peanuts) grow underneath. Peanuts grow best in hot, somewhat dry weather conditions, so the month of August is very critical. By late September or October, peanuts are ready to be “dug” or pulled up from the ground by special machinery. After drying a few days on top of the ground, peanuts are ready to be “picked” by harvesting equipment that separates the peanuts from the vine.
From the fields, the peanuts are taken to a cleaner or sheller who also determines the grade based on size and quality of the shells. They are divided into categories – from those that are crushed for oil, to those that are crushed into peanut butter, to those that are chosen for processing by HUBS. When Hubbard Peanut Company first began, the red skins of the peanuts were removed by hand. Now the peanuts are purchased from the cleaner with the shells and skins already removed.
At Hubbard Peanut Company, only the super extra-large grade of Virginia type peanuts, which are considered to be the best, are processed. We use the same special recipe for our home cooked peanuts that was developed almost 50 years ago in the Hubbard family kitchen. We’ve long since moved our operations out of the kitchen, but HUBS peanuts are still cooked with pride under the watchful eyes of family members.
The Peanut migrated to Sedley after originating in South America where archeologists have unearthed peanut-shaped jars made by the Inca Indians of Peru. It is believed that Spanish explorers carried peanuts from Peru to Africa and Asia. Considered a valuable food by the African natives, the peanut was eventually brought to the Virginia colony aboard slave ships. Although tobacco and cotton were the leading cash crops in the South, peanuts gained more popularity during the War Between the States. Both Union and Confederate troops relied on the food value and quick energy provided by the “goober pea”. Its many uses have made the peanut a valuable commodity in agriculture and industry, or simply for eating enjoyment.
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Peanuts promote weight loss. Peanuts create energy and control blood sugar so that you exercise more efficiently. The high fiber content in peanuts helps make you feel full quicker, so you snack less and keep hunger at bay longer.
Peanuts are naturally cholesterol free. Studies show that 2-3 servings of peanuts daily help to lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol levels) 11-14% without lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol).
Studies have shown that eating peanuts is part of a healthy diet and may lower your risk of heart attack. Eating 2-3 ounces of peanuts daily may lower your risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease by as much as 21 %. Peanuts contain mostly unsaturated fats and non-detectable levels of transfats. A high ratio of unsaturated fats to saturated fats helps improve your cardiovascular health.
Peanuts help inhibit cancer growth. Phytosterol beta-sitosterol (SIT),found naturally in peanuts, has been shown to inhibit cancer growth. SIT may offer protection against colon, prostate, and breast cancer, all of which tend to occur more in Americans than in other populations.
Peanuts create quick energy that burns calories and builds muscle. As a low response food on the Glycemic Index, peanuts satiate feelings of hunger, give you bursts of energy and help control blood sugar levels.
Peanuts are little gold mines of nutrients. Peanuts have almost half of the 13 vitamins essential for normal growth and health and 35% of the essential minerals.
Peanuts are powerhouses of energy. With 7 grams of protein per ounce, peanuts give you 12% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of protein in each serving.