The Power of the Peanut

George Washington Carver, a researcher from Iowa State University, once discovered over 300 uses for the humble peanut, including 105 recipes.

He raised the peanut’s profile from a simple legume to a powerful tool for crop diversification and soil conservation.

peanut in the shellNow, more than a hundred years later, Americans will celebrate the peanut on September 13, which is officially National Peanut Day.

Created to increase awareness of the many uses for this versatile food, National Peanut Day gives fans the chance to express their love for this staple of diets—and childhood memories—around the world.

Fun Facts About the Peanut

shelled peanutsDid you know that…?

  • A peanut is not actually a nut, but a legume.
  • Thanks to Carver, peanuts have been used in shampoos, dyes, fuel, and flour.
  • You need about 540 peanuts to make one jar of peanut butter.
  • Two US presidents, Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, were peanut farmers.

Note: Despite the fact that peanuts are filled with nutrients, it is worth mentioning that eating peanuts can also be life-threatening. Roughly 3 million people in the US alone are deathly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

How to Eat Peanuts

peanut pile including shelled and unshelledWhile the peanut can be part of a healthful diet, you still have to use good sense when choosing how to eat it.

It is important to note that many packaged peanuts, peanut butters or other peanut products may include added SOS (sugar, oil and salt), as well as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other flavorings. So read the ingredient list before eating your peanuts.

Best ways to eat peanuts:

  • Unsalted nuts
  • Roasted nuts (because roasting seems to improve antioxidant content of peanuts)
  • Peanut or peanut butter without added sugars, oils, salt, or other additives

Also, at 164 calories for one ounce of dry roasted unsalted peanuts, these treats pack a mighty caloric punch, so remember that a little goes a long way.

Ideas for Celebrating National Peanut Day

Chef Rosane Oliveira with Spicy Peanut Tofu Lettuce Wraps recipe for National Peanut DayHere are a few simple ways that you can celebrate National Peanut Day with family and friends.

You can also try our exclusive recipe for Spicy Peanut Tofu Lettuce Wraps.

By combining peanuts and almond butter with chili garlic sauce, you get a unique flavor combination and a one-of-a-kind lettuce wrap that your guests are sure to enjoy.

It is the best way ever to celebrate the perennial peanut!