21 May 2009

Local Peanut Butter

A typical glass of peanut butter, using the typical peanut butter font in a carinderia.

Peanut butter in the Philippines is one of the few things that is still sold in reusable glasses (with caps). I can only speculate as to why this remains so. One obvious possibility is that peanut butter in our country is an introduced, largely unnecessary foodthing, and a glass might make it all worthwhile. Another is that our local peanut butter is quite thin in consistency and behaves almost like a very thick fluid-- it will leak out any reasonable jar, and a glass is something you would never ordinarily tip over or lay on its side.

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