These small, crunchy snacks come in many varieties, from boiled to roasted, are packed with protein, and have been enjoyed for centuries. Did you know that peanuts have almost zero cholesterol? That’s just one of many reasons why peanuts are such a popular ingredient, snack and superfood!
National Peanut Day, observed on September 13th, is a delightful occasion that pays homage to one of nature’s most versatile and beloved legumes – the peanut. This annual celebration is a testament to the rich history, cultural significance, and culinary diversity of peanuts. Whether you’re a fan of classic peanut butter, crave crunchy peanut snacks, or savor exotic peanut-infused dishes, National Peanut Day is a time to embrace the nutty goodness that has captured hearts and palates worldwide.
Peanuts, scientifically known as Arachis hypogaea, are native to South America and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They made their way to North America via European explorers, eventually becoming a staple in American cuisine. Today, peanuts are grown in various countries, including the United States, China, and India, making them one of the most widely consumed nuts globally.
History of National Peanut Day
While it has the word “nut” in its name, the peanut is actually not a nut at all but is technically a legume, closely related to beans or seeds. Peanuts grow underground and probably originated in South America around 1500 BC. They made their way around the world and became very popular in North America some time around the 1700s, but weren’t grown commercially for quite a few more years.
After PT Barnum’s circus began selling hot roasted peanuts, the snack grew in popularity. They even became popular at baseball games, a distinctly American pastime. Then, in 1904, peanut butter was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Today, peanut farms in the United States are valued at more than $1 billion, making this a very lucrative business. Peanut butter accounts for around half of this business, while snack nuts and confections made with peanuts bring in the other half.
Now it’s time to celebrate National Peanut Day!
National Peanut Day is a chance to add some peanuts into a healthy diet, used in any way from tasty lunchbox snacks to as a tangy stir-fry sauce. Peanuts make a great snack that can be taken anywhere. And with more protein than any other nut, they are also nutritious. In fact, they’re so great that they are the top rated snack in the United States, making up ⅔ of the entire nut market in the nation. So grab some peanuts in celebration of this popular treat!
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