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Creamy and CrunchyAn Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food$
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Jon Krampner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162333

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162333.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of the Florunner

The Rise and Fall of the Florunner

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(p.158) Thirteen The Rise and Fall of the Florunner
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Creamy and Crunchy
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Jon Krampner

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162333.003.0013

This chapter focuses on the rise and fall of the use of the Florunner in peanut butter. The Florunner was developed by Al Norden, a peanut breeder and professor of agronomy at the University of Florida's main campus in Gainesville. Runners historically were thought of more as a hog peanut; a lot of them were planted just for feeding hogs. When Florunner came on the scene, there had been a significant improvement in oil chemistry and flavor, as well as yield and grade aspects. Despite the cruel and abusive remarks directed at runners by partisans of Spanish, Virginia, and Valencia peanuts, the Florunner and runner varieties that followed in its wake would increasingly become the stuff peanut butter was to be made of. But the Florunner would eventually wind up on the ash heap of peanut butter history, due in large part to the tomato spotted wilt virus. The fact that Florunners were grown in virtual monoculture may have contributed to their demise.

Keywords:   peanut butter, Florunner, Al Norden, runners, peanuts, tomato spotted wilt virus

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