By Emily Smith CNN - How shell we celebrate? September 13 is National Peanut Day!
Sure, we hate to get stuck with so many of them at the bottom of a bag of trail mix, but peanuts don't deserve the bad rap. Here's 10 fun facts to help change your mind about peanuts:
- Despite their name, peanuts are not a nut, they're legumes related to the bean family.
- Peanuts originated in South America, most likely Paraguay.
- China produces 41.5% of the world's peanuts, followed by India and the U.S. Georgia is the leading peanut producer in the U.S.
- There are four types of peanuts grown in the U.S.: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
- Peanuts are a good source of fiber, and are naturally free of trans fats and sodium. They contain the most protein of any nut.
- About 1-2% of the US population is allergic to peanuts.
- It takes approximately 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were both peanut farmers.
- Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard took a peanut with him to the moon.
- The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before they graduate from high school.
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