March is… National Peanut Month

It seems like spring is coming. We’ve set the clocks ahead (how I hate losing that hour of sleep!), the weather is a little warmer, and I can see the beginnings of crocuses popping up in my garden.

Last week, I mentioned that March is National Nutrition Month[1]. It also got me thinking a little about what else March might be “famous” for, nutrition- or food-wise, and I discovered that March holds the honor of also being National Peanut Month. And, to top that off, March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (not National Peanut Day — that’s September 13). So this week is about peanuts!

Reasons to Eat Peanuts
Peanuts sure are popular in the United States. According to the American Peanut Council, we eat more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut products every year. Yet, despite the name, peanuts aren’t really nuts. They’re actually a legume, making them close cousins of beans, peas, and lentils. Peanuts start off as a flower that eventually ends up growing underground, where they mature into pods of two or three kernels or “nuts.” These tasty legumes have much to offer in terms of nutrition: