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There’s A Surplus Of Peanuts Now And It's All Because Baseball Season Was Upended Due To COVID-19

Delish logo Delish 6/26/2020 Alexis Morillo
a crowd of people watching a baseball game © Andrew D. Bernstein - Getty Images

Restaurants are finding safe ways to reopen in most areas, but most summertime activities are being put on hold; those that will go on will look totally different this year. So goes the story of baseball, which will have a shortened 2020 season in empty stadiums (if it has a season at all). No fans means no peanuts, and because of that decision, there's now a major peanut surplus.

Peanuts are a staple of any baseball game and have been for 125 years, according to The New York Times. The issue distributors are seeing is that the peanuts were already grown and harvested by October. After the harvest, farmers sent the peanuts to the roasters, and right around then is when the pandemic hit.

Baseball season as the world previously knew it was cancelled, and some stadiums subsequently cancelled their peanut orders, so now there is a surplus of peanuts with nowhere to go. The Times reports that the peanuts used for baseball peanuts (yes, and the ones you've seen at Five Guys) are a rarer breed, so they can't just be turned into peanut butter all that easily.

For now, a lot of the extra peanuts are in cold storage, but they won't last in there forever. Farmers, roasters, and distributors all have to make decisions about their crops based off a sport they aren't sure will ever go back to normal. The National Peanut Board told the paper that they are looking for more creative ways to sell peanuts to fans even without a typical baseball season.

You may see team-branded peanut bags or peanut giveaways at grocery stores soon. I'd assume you'll also be able to find them near the Baby Nut products.


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