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October 22nd is National Nut Day
you're looking for something to do today then get ready to start making
crunching noises because it's National Nut Day! They don't stand
a chance against your teeth! Let's get right into celebrating
National Nut Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Do you know how many different types of culinary nuts there are
out there? I don't know offhand myself, because there are so many
different kinds of nuts. But, unless you have some sort of allergy, you
probably like at least one kind of nut. And that's the kind of
popularity you need in order for a celebration to be centered around a
food. We eat them plain or we turn them into butter or flour and now we
celebrate them! But what is a nut? Well, it's actually a type of
fruit from different plants that has a hard shell. But this fruit
doesn't open up to release its seed; that's left up to animals or
humans to break it open or it just decomposes. That's what a true nut
is, but we refer to many things that aren't actually nuts at all and
then to make up for it we call them "culinary nuts". I mean sure,
beechnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts are all true nuts, but I bet a lot
of you are referring to things that aren't the truest of true nuts.
for instance, some of the most popular "nuts" are actually the seeds
from drupe fruits: almonds, pecans and walnuts. And peanuts? They're
legumes! Macadamia nuts are kernels and even cashews are just seeds.
But hey, you can still call them nuts and chomp on them all day if you
like. They're still crunchy, they're still beneficial and I'm not going
to be a nutty stickler! Go grab yourself a handful!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, why don't you start
out with a little nut hunt in your house? Look through your fridge,
cabinets and anywhere else you can think of and see if you have
anything that includes nuts. It could be something as simple as peanut
butter or mixed nuts. I'm sure you can find at least one thing and
there you go... you just celebrated! But what is your favorite
nut? Alright, now go to the store and try some new things that include
your favorite nut. It could be baked goods, a cereal, a salad or
anything else really. Just start out with something you know you love
(your favorite nut) and then expand your horizons by trying something
new that includes it. This is quite a fun way to celebrate, if I do say
But you know, there are many different ways to eat
nuts and maybe you should have a little fun with your favorite nut. I
mean think about it, there are butters, flours and even milks made out
of nuts, but has anyone made them out of your favorite nut? Maybe they
have, but have YOU made something like a chestnut butter before? Or how
does cashew milk sound? What about some macadamia nut flour for those
cookies? Have a great day, but don't get too nutty!