Nutty Facts for Nat’l Grab Some Nuts Day
Yesterday, August 3rd, was National Grab Some Nuts Day. This is a day to remind people that nuts are not only delicious, they are also a great source of protein! Nuts contain impressive amounts of things that are good for you: in addition to protein, nuts a chock-full of iron, potassium and other important vitamins and minerals. Here are some interesting nut facts that may be news to you:
The Most Popular Nut Isn’t Really a Nut
Peanuts account for 2/3 of worldwide nut consumption. However, peanuts are technically legumes, not proper nuts.
Cashews Are Related to Poison Ivy
Cashews and poison ivy are members of the same plant family. The oils that make poison ivy itchy are found in the shells of cashews. So, leave shelling cashews to the professionals.
Why Pistachios Are Green
Pistachios get their green coloration from the same pigment that colors spinach and kale.
The United States is the World’s Nut Capitol!
The good ol’ USA leads the world when it comes to nuts. 40% of the world’s tree-grown nuts come from the U.S. No other country is even close.
There’s a World Record for Crushing Nuts
Mr. Cherry Yoskitake of Japan set the record by crushing 122 nuts by sitting on them in one minute. Sitting on nuts sounds like it would be painful (especially those LAST two).
Keep Your Dogs Away from Your Nuts!
Specifically, macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are poisonous to dogs (though not usually fatal).
Finally, in honor of Grab Some Nuts Day, here’s Harlan Pepper from “Best in Show” demonstrating his ability to name every kind of nut there is: