September 01, 2014|
Every day is special, some more so than others. Monday begins the week, Wednesday is known as "hump day", and Friday begins long awaited weekend plans. There are many holidays that we all recognize and celebrate in one form or another. Spouses purchase "sweet" gifts for one another on Valentine's Day; a sea of red, white, and blue is seen on the Fourth of July; turkey is eaten in mass quantities over Thanksgiving followed by long anticipated naps; and Secret Santas are unveiled at Christmas. But did you know that every day is a food holiday? There is a "National Day" celebrating just about every type of food.
In researching information for this October blog, I began examining an October calendar. As I was looking at different types of food items that were celebrated in this month, one day seemed to stand out like a neon sign and call my name, National Nut Day! Believe it or not, National Nut Day is a very special day that is recognized and celebrated on the 22nd of October by many every year. There may be two very different reasons for celebrating this day.
First, we could say that this day recognizes the healthy and nutritious benefits of incorporating nuts into one's daily diet. These are the top five nuts that work to help improve one's health. Walnuts help to lower cholesterol while almonds diminish a spike in a person's blood sugar after eating. Brazil nuts help to build up immune systems, lower thyroid issues, and provide prostate cancer protection. Cashews help one's memory and pistachios are a good source of protein and Vitamin E. If peanuts are your favorite type of nut, I am sorry to say that peanuts are not really nuts at all. They are a member of the Legumes, a member of the "Pea" family. However, the center of seeds, such as pumpkins and squash, is called a "nut". One fact that I did not know.
Secondly, which is my personal favorite, there is also a possibility that National Nut Day recognizes and celebrates all of the "nutty" relatives and people throughout the world! Every family has that one crazy relative that tends to bring laughter and add just the right amount of spice to any situation. Every teacher has that one class clown that drives them crazy but to which he or she can relate. So in a nutshell, it is very healthy to align yourself with these types of nuts and have your daily dose of them too! Although there is no one that is given credit for the origin of this day and there has not been any presidential proclamation in support of this day, it does seem fun and quite fitting to celebrate!
Now if this has perked your interest as to what other foods are honored during this month, allow me to give you just a taste. October 23rd is Boston Creme Pie Day, followed closely by the 24th of October which is Bologna Day (which could also have a dual meaning that we won't go in to). The 25th of October is Greasy Foods Day while October 27th allows you to wash all of the previous days of celebrating down with American Beer Day.
Do you remember the saying "It takes one to know one"? I bet you do. So if you think that I am a little nuts for writing this, well guess what?
Families are like fudge...mostly sweet with a few nuts. (Anonymous)