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This is a wonderful peanut butter that is also avaliable in crunchy, but there isn't a lot between them in terms of texture. This is a peanut butter that hits you between the eyes and if you go for the big jars they seem to last forever! This stuff will forever remind me of quick breakfasts before going to work in a kitchen- try it on some oatcakes with jam or honey! Of course the wholefood credentials of Suma are well-known, and because this is an organic peanut butter you can rest assured that you won't be ingesting any extra nasties. The only thing not to recommend this peanut butter, but which in a way is part of the joy, is trying to get it to an even consistency. I do this by trying to mix it with a knife in the jar as the oil can sometimes separate in places from the peanut spread, resulting in some runny bits and some dry hard-to-spread bits. But hey, it's all part of the fun.
Originally a small scale operation in the 70's selling rice & dried fruit from the back room of a house in Leeds, the Suma co-op grew rapidly & expanded their range, selling (among other things) peanut butter made in-house by the workers. The peanut butter machine was a casualty of a devastating flood in the 90's that also destroyed tons of stock, so Suma - now a massive operation in shiny new premises near Halifax - now outsources its peanut butter production. There's still something old-fashioned & wholesome about it though. A lot of other companies add nasties like palm oil or sugar to their peanut butter, but Suma's is made of just peanuts, or just peanuts & salt. When you open the jar there's usually an alarming layer of oil on top but don't be put off: stir it back in as much as you can or else the peanut butter at the bottom of the jar will be dry & crumbly when you get to it. I like the variety with salt best as the other is just way too bland for me. Some peanut butters are really dark & taste too 'toasted' but this has a lovely nutty smell & a fresh, lightly roasted flavour - like good salted peanuts, in fact - but not too overpowering. The texture is soft & very spreadable, & sticks to your teeth just enough. Suma do a crunchy peanut butter too but it's a bit too crunchy: my son's the peanut butter fanatic (which suits me - he's veggie & it's a great source of protein) & he much prefers the smooth.