About National Nut Day
Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are one of nature's healthiest foods and have been fuelling mankind for thousands of years.
Not only do the unsaturated fatty acids, fiber and protein in nuts help lower high cholesterol, reduce blood clots (which lead to heart attacks), and improve the lining of our arteries, they also keep us full for longer periods of time, and provide a good dose of Omega-3s.
- Did you know? Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date all the way back to 10,000 BC.
- Did you know? The shell of the cashew is toxic and can’t be eaten. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is primarily contained in their shell.
- Did you know? Macadamia nuts are never picked. They are harvested from the ground after they fall off the tree. They also have the hardest shell of any nut, taking 300 PSI of pressure to crack it open.
- Did you know? Ancient Greeks believed hazelnuts could treat coughing and baldness.
- Did you know? It takes approximately 550 peanuts to make a single 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Did you know? Marzipan is a sweet candy paste made from ground almonds was brought back from the Holy Lands by crusaders in the 11th and 13th centuries.