Peanuts, Roasted Peanuts, Boiled Peanuts, Honey-Coated Peanuts, Peanut Hummus, Peanut Brittle, Peanut Butter, Spicy Peanuts, Peanut Oil, Chocolate Covered Peanuts, Thai Peanut Sauce, Peanut butter cookies (yum!) and Peanut Pesto.
There are almost as many ways to use Peanuts as Shrimp.
Peanuts are the most popular nut in the United States and that isn’t surprising considering its versatility and nutritional value.
They are a good source, meaning they contain at least 10% of the Recommended Daily Value, of Vitamin E, Folate, Niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, and Phosphorous.
Plus, like all other plant foods, they are cholesterol free.
That does not mean they are fat free, a 1 ounce serving contains about 14 grams of fat, but 11.5g of that is the “good fats” (monounsaturated or polyunsaturated).
So, there we go, they are tasty, used in lots of different ways, and have a solid nutritional backbone — now where can you go to celebrate their many positive attributes?
1.) Dothan, AL National Peanut Festival will celebrate its 70th anniversary in fall 2013. Over 200,000 people enjoy this fun filled event. Rides, games, hometown baking and arts/crafts competitions, plus the annual crowning of a Peanut Queen and her court are some of the many “peanutty” festival events. Fun fact: 50% of USA peanuts are grown within 100 miles of Dothan. Also, my hometown is Dothan; which explains my “nuttiness!” However, sad as it may be; I was never selected a Peanut Queen.
2.) Suffolk, Virginia will hold its 38th annual Peanut Festival this year with live music, big cookouts, parade, a motorcycle rally, and even a demolition derby. They obviously know a good time in Suffolk.
3.) The Georgia Peanut Festival is a home-grown, family friendly affair in Sylvester. Host to the Annual Peter Pan Peanut Butter Parade and plenty of live music. This event has vendors to meet all your peanut needs.
4.) Grapeland, Texas a city with a name that certainly compliments Peanut Butter (grape jelly – - get it?) hosts its 68th annual Peanut Festival October 2013. A fun town with a fun-filled pageant & parade.
Like we say in Dothan, “Go Nuts for Peanuts!”
Laura Armstrong, RD, LD is a Sodexo Clinical Dietitian at the Springhill Medical Center.