National Nut Day
National Nut Day is a holiday which is celebrated annually on October 22nd. This unofficial holiday celebrates all of the many nuts which exist in the world today. Most nuts are extremely nutritious and are packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, fiber and plant sterols. Which means that most of the nuts consumed today are not only tasty but are a healthy addition to any diet. So pick your favorite nut up on this nutty holiday and not only enjoy a delicious snack but also a very nutritious one as well.
The History of Nuts
Recent excavations in Israel, Iran, and Texas have shown that nuts have been a part of the human diet for many hundreds of thousands of years. At an archaeological dig in Israel, archaeologists found primitive nutcrackers and nut shells they believe are over 780,00 years old. In Iran, Archaeologists found evidence of humans eating nuts that goes all the way back to 50,000 B.C. And in Texas, archaeologists found pecan shells that were dated to 6,000 B.C. All of this evidence seems to point to the fact that our human ancestors have been eating nuts for quite some time now. Which isn’t all that surprising, when you think about it. After all, nuts are a highly nutritious food that is easy to transport and can last for months in storage.
In the Mideast, during ancient time, nuts were a food that was widely consumed. In fact, almonds and pistachios are even mentioned in the Bible. In many different parts of this region, sweet almonds were eaten and the Romans often made candied almonds to serve as a dessert. Almonds weren’t the only nuts enjoyed back then, however. Walnuts were also especially popular, particularly with the Romans who considered them to be the foods of the gods. During the Middle Ages in Europe, almond milk was a popular commodity, as was almond flour. Walnut oil was also popular during this time, as was a bread that was eaten by peasants and made from ground up walnut shells.
During the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe, chestnuts became especially popular. They were particularly important for people who lived in areas that experience harsh winters. Other nuts that were popular during this time include black walnuts, almonds and other types of nuts. And when European settlers came to North America, they brought with them the nuts they loved. Today, there are dozens upon dozens of different nut varieties available.
The History of National Nut Day
National Nut Day was created by the Liberation Foods Company in 2015 to celebrate and commemorate the nut. Initially, their holiday was used as a medium to tell the world about Fair Trade Nuts and the small nut producers which grow them. However, in the last few years, this holiday has spread all over the world and is celebrated by nut fans everywhere. And why shouldn’t nuts be celebrated? After all, they’ve been a part of the human diet for hundreds of thousands of years.
Nutty Facts About Nuts
- Cashew shells are toxic
- Peanuts aren’t nuts – they are legumes!
- Pistachios are actually the seed of a fruit
- Cashews are really fruits
- The Ancient Greeks treated coughs with Hazelnuts
- Hazelnuts are called Filberts, too
- Almonds have potential prebiotic properties
- 1 serving of Walnuts supplies 100% of your daily Omega-3 requirements
- 1 serving of Chestnuts supplies 20% of your vitamin C requirements
- Chocolate manufacturers buy 40% of the world’s almond supply
Celebrating National Nut Day
Probably the best way to celebrate National Nut Day is by picking up some of your favorite nuts and eating them. You can also hold a nut-themed party or perhaps give someone a gift of nuts. Another thing you can try is cooking or baking with your favorite nuts. Just be sure to let everyone know ahead of time, just in case someone has a nut allergy. If you use social media, then feel free to post pictures of your favorite nuts on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NationalNutDay.
While some people may think that this holiday is too “nutty” to be taken seriously, there are plenty of people who are willing to go out there and celebrate the nut. And if you’re a fan of hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts or one of the other varieties of nuts, then you might want to celebrate this day as well.