lesser-known holidays. November, for instance, represents a feast of
holidays. In fact, each day in November commemorates one thing or
One worth noting is a day set aside for Peanut Butter Lovers.
Since peanut butter is a staple many of us love, it's interesting to
review the history of Peanut Butter Lovers Day.
There are many stories about the origin of peanut butter. One
tells how Africans ground peanuts into stew as early as the 15th
century. The Chinese have crushed peanuts into creamy sauces for
centuries. Civil War soldiers dined on "peanut porridge." These early
ancestors, however, bore little resemblance to peanut butter as
families know it today.
In 1922, Joseph L Rosefield began selling a number of brands of
peanut butter in California. Rosefield's peanut butter varieties were
churned like butter, so they were smoother than earlier, gritty
peanut butters that were sometimes substituted by physicians as
protein for people who couldn't chew meat.
Not long after his invention of peanut butter, Mr. Rosefield
received the first patent for a shelf-stable peanut butter that could
remain fresh for up to a year. Rosefield achieved peanut butter
longevity by creating a formula that prevented the oil in peanut
butter from separating from the peanut butter itself.
One of the first companies to adopt this new process was Swift and
Company for its E.K. Pond peanut butter. In 1928, the brand was
renamed Peter Pan. In 1932, Rosefield had a dispute with Peter Pan,
and began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label.
In 1955, Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business and,
in 1958, introduced the JIF brand. Today, JIF has the world's largest
peanut butter plant, churning out 250,000 jars every day! So, on
Peanut Butter Lovers Day, enjoy an old fashioned PBJ.
Back to regular holidays. At the Costa Mesa Senior Center, we will
celebrate Thanksgiving with our traditional thanksgiving lunch. More
than 200 seniors who do not have family members close by will
celebrate Thanksgiving with friends during the luncheon.
Mr. Surat Singh, owner of Angel's Auto Spa in Costa Mesa, will be