National Peanut Day, has rolled around again and as they say “every day above ground is a good day”. Did you know that peanuts were grown under ground, just like carrots? Every year on September 13th we celebrate the mighty peanut. Big things come in small packages and the peanut is no exception.
Although they are named peanuts the peanut isn’t really a nut in a botanical sense. Peanuts are legumes and they’re closer to beans, peas, and lentils than to hazelnuts or chestnuts. However, most cooks generally call them nuts. Peanuts originated in the Americas. The oldest specimens have been found in Peru.
Peanuts are rich in nutrients, and contain more than 30 essential nutrients such as vitamin E, phosphorus, folate, niacin, magnesium. They also contain a higher proportion of protein than any true nut (about 25%). Peanuts can be eaten raw or roasted. you can also use them in recipes. Salted, shelled, roasted or boiled peanuts are popular snacks. Peanuts are used for making peanut butter, peanut oil, and peanut flour. National Peanut Day brings George Washington Carver to my mind. Did you know that he invented over 300 uses for the humble peanut To have a good time on National Peanut Day, treat yourself to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast or lunch. Or, you could bake a bunch of peanut butter cookies and treat your family and friends(after making sure that none of them have a peanut allergy).
Speaking of peanut allergies. If you’re worried about them don’t miss the super interesting video below.
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Happy Peanut Day to all of my readers!!!