The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services would like for you to know that Virginia peanuts are safe to eat.
Today, they put out a press release saying “Virginia peanuts, because of their superior quality, are generally sold as shelled or in-shell peanuts, and these products are safe to eat. They have not been implicated in the recent recall of manufactured products using peanut paste from a single supplier.”
VDACS has good reason to want people eating Virginia peanuts. According to the most recent data from the National Agricultural Statistical Service (2007), peanuts are one of the top 25 farm commodities in the state. During that year, there were 21,000 acres of peanuts harvested in our state for a total of $12 million in cash receipts.
Not to mention the fact that they are darn good. I don’t think I’ve had a peanut I enjoyed as much as the big, jumbo salted Virginia peanuts that always show up at our house during Christmas. Ironically, the latest issue of Cultivate, the Virginia Farm Bureau magazine, features a cover story about a Prince William County couple who own a chocolate shop called Chocolaterie Wanders. They make chocolates using almost all Virginia products. Not surprisingly, one of their favorite Virginia products to incorporate into the chocolates is peanuts!
Support Virginia farmers and don’t turn down those peanuts.