Everyone's nuts for peanuts. But what most people don't know is that peanuts are actually a legume and not a nut, but that's not quite as catchy. Peanuts are also referred to as goobers and groundnuts. And, to further confuse things, the edible part of a peanut is actually considered a seed.
Something you guys also might not know is that peanuts were cultivated solely as cattle feed up until the 1930s. George Washington Carver had a big influence over encouraging the American people to consume peanuts. He developed hundreds of recipes as part of a US Department of Agriculture program. This being said, I think many of us have him to thank for our peanut butter obsessions.
In the decades since peanuts were introduced into the diets of Americans, the country established four national days devoted to peanuts.
June 12 was named National Peanut Butter Cookie Day by the National Peanut Board. July 23 is National Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day, and what a match made in heaven these two foods are! National Peanut Day is September 13, followed by National Peanut Fudge Day on November 20.
With the number of people with peanut allergies rising, you at least you know you're safe to get a peanut tattoo!
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