National Peanut Lovers Day is observed annually on March 15. This day honors peanut enthusiasts and the legume itself. Wait, a legume? The peanut is indeed a member of the legume family. (like peas, beans, or lentils). Did you know the average American consumes approximately six pounds of almonds annually? Peanuts are not simply nature’s sweet treats; they are also nutritious and loaded with essential nutrients, particularly protein. According to scientists, nut consumers may live longer than non-consumers. Peanuts can be consumed alone or in various nut-based confections.
The background of National Peanut Lovers Day
As with every other prominent crop today, peanuts have come a long way. Peanuts are now cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions across the globe, but it is believed that they originated in South America. The plant was brought to North America by Spanish explorers in the 1700s. Consequently, Spanish returnees introduced peanuts to Europe, and transcontinental merchants introduced peanuts to Africa and Asia.
Although a small number of commercial peanut plantations existed in the United States in the eighteenth century, there were a few. Long ago, peanuts were almost exclusively grown in the southern United States. This was primarily due to the crop’s labor-intensive cultivation and harvesting methods, as well as the belief that peanuts were food for the poor. Not until after the Civil War did the demand for peanuts expand beyond the southern United States.
At the conclusion of the nineteenth century, technological advancements facilitated peanut production, harvesting, and processing. This caused the industry’s development and popularity. It is now simpler to produce, package, store, and market peanut-based derivatives such as butter, oil, and a variety of tasty treats, thanks to high-tech, automated machinery.
Common peanut cultivars in the United States include the Runner, the Spanish, the Valencia, and the Virginia. The Runner variety accounts for approximately 80% of the peanuts cultivated in the United States, while the sweet-flavored Valencia variety accounts for less than 1% of U.S. peanut production. Today, the United States exports peanuts to various countries around the globe, with the crop contributing approximately $4 billion annually to the economy.
NATIONAL PEANUT LOVERS DAY ACTIVITIES
Visit the world’s peanut capital.
Dothan, Alabama is recognized as the “Peanut Capital of the World,” and annually hosts the National Peanut Festival. Take a trip to Dothan to see peanut plantations and witness the harvest firsthand.
Share peanuts and affection
If you cannot travel, that is acceptable. You can also commemorate the day by giving your family and friends your favorite peanut snacks.
Enjoy peanut-based snacks.
Peanuts continue to be one of the most adaptable legumes. There are numerous methods to enjoy them, such as in snacks, butter, and oil. Read about them and enjoy yourself!
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PEANUTS
Annually, Americans spend nearly $800 million on peanut butter.
Approximately 540 peanuts are required to generate a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, both former presidents, were peanut cultivators.
Goober, a slang term for peanuts, derives from nguba, the Bantu word for peanuts.
Each year, Americans consume approximately 800 million pounds of peanut butter (approximately 500 billion peanuts).
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