There’s a very funny bit in the Marx Brothers’ classic film, “Duck Soup,” where Chico runs a peanut stand. We won’t give it away here but it’s something to watch on National Peanut Day, an annual event that rolls around every September 13. It’s incredible that such a small groundnut has everybody talking today!
Peanuts, which are grown underground, have a long history, originating in South America over 3,500 years ago. Eaten alone or mixed with butter, peanuts are used in virtually everything including soups and ice cream. Don’t even get us started on pb & j sandwiches! This National Peanut Day, grab a handful, salted or not, and savor the flavor of our national goober.
National Peanut Day Activities
Catch a ballgame and eat some peanuts
The All-American Pastime isn't complete without a delicious, hot bag of peanuts. Share some with friends!
Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Relive the best after-school snack of your childhood, a gooey, sweet pb & j! Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. It ends at your kitchen counter.
Read the "Peanuts" comic strip
We know that "Peanuts" ended national newspaper circulation in the 2000's, But on National Peanut Day, check online and cherish the amazing work done by Charles M. Schulz. If your memories are too overwhelming, plunk down a nickel and let Therapist Lucy have a go! (If you're too young for this reference, ask your parents.)
Why We Love National Peanut Day
Peanuts are chock full of protein and fiber
Peanuts satisfy our cravings and help us maintain weight loss. Scientists found that eating small amounts of nuts daily helps dieters lose weight. Just make sure nuts are allowed in your eating plan.
Peanuts are a no-stress treat
What's not to love? You crack the shell and enjoy!
Peanuts are packed with nutrients
Peanuts are abundant in lots of vitamins including B6, niacin, thiamin and vitamin E. Peanuts are also blessed with minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron and selenium. Think about that the next time you get ready to eat one. single. peanut.