Australia's annual peanut production continued to rise from the 1940s
through to the 1980s as the nation developed a taste for this
wonderful nut and all its derivative products.
The harvest reached 21,000 tonnes
in 1960 and almost 47,000
by 1970. And it even went right up to a staggering 61,464
in 1979 after an exceptionally good planting season - a national
record that still remains unbroken.
These days, though, Australia tends to produce a steady supply of approximately
40,000 to 45,000 tonnes of peanuts every year (the total harvest varies
slightly depending on seasonal conditions). Nearly all of this crop is consumed
Peanuts are now also grown in the Bundaberg and Childers areas
- the reason why we opened our second Peanut Van there! - and in the