What is National Nut Day?
National Nut Day is celebrated annually on October 22. It was created by by Liberation Foods Company to encourage the public to choose healthier snack options. This is your day for nutty fun!
National Nut Day Related Holidays
National Peanut Day every September 13 gives us a chance to learn all about the goober. It’s a given that we enjoy eating them or even, throwing them to animals at the zoo. We love elephants and they adore peanuts! So, why shouldn’t we? Peanuts are versatile nuts for cooking and to toss into salads. Boiled peanuts are great, too, so try some on National Peanut Day!
National Walnut Day on May 17 is a love fest for walnuts. The Walnut Marketing Board established National Walnut Day in the 1950s, and we’ve celebrated on May 17 ever since. Read on for all the best ways to use walnuts, because they’re so much more than just another ingredient to toss in chicken salad.
National Peanut Butter Day on January 24 is a day-long ode to the favorite afternoon snack of America’s children. For years, hungry kids have come home from school and the first thing they reach for is, you guessed it, peanut butter! It’s a natural reaction to the creamy or crunchy taste of our favorite nut. Paired with the jam or jelly of your choice, there’s nothing better. National Peanut Butter Day, let us count the ways.
History of National Nut Day
National Nut Day was created by Liberation Foods Company as a way to do the right thing by the collectives of small nut farmers around the world. It was important to the company to stress to the public that their nuts were not only sustainably-grown, but that the company was committed to giving their nut farmers a fair minimum wage for their labor and their crops. Farmers growing Brazil nuts, peanuts and cashews from Malawi, Brazil, India, El Salvador and other Third World countries came together to form a Fair Trade collective under Liberation Foods’ umbrella.
National Nut Day appeared in 2015 on Liberation Foods website. Although the company is based in the United Kingdom, this holiday has spread far and wide, especially in the United States. The day is devoted to all things nuts-related including recipes and cooking tips. Many African countries infuse their daily meals with peanuts on a regular basis in stews and soups.
According to the Nutcracker Museum, nuts were a regular part of the human diet from as far back as almost 800,000 years ago! Early man used “nutting tools” to crack stones. Pecan remains from 6100 B.C. were discovered in a Texas cave. Early Europeans ate pistachios while Greeks and Romans believed that walnuts were a gift from the gods.
Eventually, the English sailed the Mediterranean with walnuts onboard ships. The nuts were used for trading. By the 18th century, walnuts arrived in the New World, specifically, California, when the Franciscan monks set foot on these new shores.
So, no matter what you eat today; include a healthy helping of nuts. They have lots of health benefits and they make you happy. That’s important to remember on National Nut Day!
National Nut Day timeline
Peanuts and Orthodontia
A St. Louis doctor discovered that he could help his orthodontia patients by using peanut butter.
- Late 19th century
Macadamia nuts leave Australia for Hawaii
Although we associate macadamia nuts with Hawaii, they were originally grown in Queensland, Australia and are eventually brought to Hawaii.
There’s a big demand for peanut products in the U.S.
When there’s an explosion of demand for peanut oil, peanut butter and roasted, salted peanuts, they are no longer seen as a nut only good enough to be eaten by the poor.
Planter’s Peanuts launches a logo contest
The basic drawing for Mr. Peanut is created by a 13-year-old boy, who wins $5.00.
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National Nut Day FAQs
Is there a National Nut Day?
Indeed, there is! October 22 is a day to celebrate all kinds of nuts (only the ones that you eat!) and learn the history of nuts and how long we have been loving them.
Is today National Peanut Day?
National Peanut Day is an annual event celebrating all things peanut-related on January 24. You can find peanut-based recipes and learn some history, too!
What national day is it on October 22?
October 22 is National Nut Day. It’s an annual day for eating nuts and learning about nuts and their origins.
National Nut Day Activities
Make your favorite nut butter
Store bought nut butter is so 2000 and late. Grab your favorite nut, toss them in a food processor, and add some sweetener (if desired) and voila! Grab a knife to spread the goodness, or eat it by the spoonful.
Leave your coworkers a nutty treat
Want to brighten up someone's day at work? Buy a family-size container of mixed nuts at your local market and make snack-sized goodie bags for your coworkers. It's an inexpensive treat many will go nuts for. (Just make sure no one has peanut allergies!)
Add them to your meal
Try grabbing a handful of your favorite nut and adding them to your breakfast oatmeal, lunch chicken salad, or that veggie stir-fry you're making for dinner. The added protein will make your stomach (and muscles) happy.
Why We Love National Nut Day
Nuts come in different shapes and sizes
No matter what your preference is, there’s a vast variety of these delicious snacks to suit your taste buds. Nuts also come in all shapes and sizes, from teardrop-shaped almonds to the wrinkly walnuts. Taste your choice!
Nuts are delicious and nutritious
They are creamy and dreamy when consumed and they also deliver a punch of nutrition. Almonds are rich in protein, calcium and vitamin E, while all nuts provide large amounts of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. That’s so much good stuff for your body!
Nuts make the perfect snack
We all get hungry, but it’s always easy to make time for a full meal. What do we do in situations like these? NUTS TO THE RESCUE! We can grab a handful of nuts for a guiltless snack that keeps our tummies happy in the short-term.
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