Profile America — Sunday, March 9th. This is National Peanut Month -- celebrating one of the nation's favorite foods. They are enjoyed in many ways -- roasted in the shell as a snack, used in salads and stir-fry recipes, in cookies and, of course, ground into peanut butter. The idea of honoring the peanut has been a monthlong observance since 1974. Americans eat an average of more than six pounds of shelled peanuts a year, about half in the form of peanut butter. Even the shells are used in such products as kitty litter, wallboard, and artificial fireplace logs. American peanuts have a global customer base. In 2012, over $250 million worth were exported; more than 36 percent of that went to Canada and 27 percent to Mexico. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.