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Five interesting facts about peanuts

September 18, 2018

A dedicated day

Sept. 13 is National Peanut Day. Go ahead and enjoy some in the various forms they’re served.

They’re not really nuts

Peanuts actually are legumes because they grow underground and not on trees like real nuts such as chestnuts, hazelnuts and acorns.

Where did peanut butter come from?

Researchers believe the ancient Aztecs started mashing up peanuts hundreds of years ago. A more modern version began to surface in the 1890s.

Popular among presidents

Former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were both peanut farmers. Carter began selling peanuts on the streets when he was only 5 years old.

Save those shells

Leftover peanut shells can be used to make kitty litter, kindling, fireplace logs or compost.

Source: mentalfloss.com

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