Posted by Vincent Weaver on 10th Mar 2017
March is National Peanut Month, Established by the National Peanut Board.
A peanut is actually not a tree nut, but a legume. This legume from the pea family is not only one of the most popular and delicious snacks, it is also rich in a myriad of nutrients and vitamins, and one of the biggest sources of antioxidants.
So, it’s no surprise that we honor peanuts in the same month, March, that we honor and celebrate Nutrition.
The earliest evidence of peanuts being cultivated was discovered nearly 8,000 years ago in Peru. They were illustrated in art, and offered for sale when the conquistadors arrived. From there, traders started taking peanuts around the globe.
Today, peanuts are cultivated in almost every area where the climate allows.
Peanuts are harvested by being dug out of the soil. The nuts have typically been eaten salted and roasted as snacks, although in modern times we are seeing many more creative ways to enjoy them. Another popular method of consuming peanuts is peanut butter.
However, peanuts are not just for snacking or applying on the bread as butter – these little legumes have a lot to offer and have a significant place in cuisine all over the world.
Peanut oil has a wide use in cooking. Whole or chopped peanuts are especially popular in Asian countries, where they’re often found on noodles and stir-fries. All over the world people use them in baking and, of course, as the perfect go-to snacks.
Throughout America, peanuts have been a staple in many homes for decades.
Did you know that, for instance, peanuts are often placed into Coca-Cola in the American South, as they add the distinct flavor and texture, creating a salty, sweet, fizzy, and crunchy treat?
To celebrate Peanut Month, we decided to share a few delicious recipes that include crushed, chopped, and whole peanuts:
1. Honey Beets, Peanuts and Feta
Salty peanuts make an excellent addition to this side dish, giving it a rich, creamy taste. Also, they add good fats and nutrients to keep you full and satisfied.
This recipe will make four servings:
2 pounds beets, washed, peeled and cut into cubes or wedges
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. thyme, finely chopped
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil
A bunch of fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
100g (3.5 oz.) feta or fresh goat cheese
100g (3.5 oz.) salted, roasted peanuts
Preheat the oven to 400F. In an ovenproof dish, mix the beetroots with the thyme, honey, oil and salt, and then cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes. In a serving bowl, mix the roasted beetroots with the chopped parsley and peanuts, and sprinkle with chunks of feta cheese (or goat cheese). Your delicious side dish is ready to serve!
2. Chipotle Peanuts
This flavorful, spicy treat is perfect for parties.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1/4 tsp. red chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. sea salt
1 pound raw peanuts without skin
Preheat oven to 325F. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, chipotle powder, chili powder, and garlic powder. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together the butter, honey, and salt. When the butter has melted, stir in the peanuts until well coated, then transfer the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake until the nuts are golden brown, about 30 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times to ensure even cooking. When done, transfer into a large metal or glass bowl, and sprinkle the spice mix, tossing the peanuts to ensure they’re evenly coated. Continue to toss every few minutes so the nuts do not stick together. Once the peanuts cool to room temperature, they’ll be ready to serve.
3. Cucumber, Tomatoes and Crunchy Peanut Salad
3 cups cucumber, chopped into small cubes
1 cup tomatoes, cut into small cubes
5 tbsp. crushed peanuts
5 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp. sugar or honey
To make the dressing for this delicious, colorful and healthy salad, Pound the garlic and green chilies in a mortar.
Mix with the lemon juice, soya sauce and sugar.
How to proceed:
-Mix the cucumbers and tomatoes with the dressing and toss well.
-Finally add the peanuts, turn once and refrigerate.
-Serve chilled garnished with peanuts.
-Instead of cutting it into strips, grate the cucumber using a large grater.
Blister roast the crunchiest peanuts you’ve ever had.
At Weaver Nut Snacks & Sweets we chose certain flavors of Blister Roasted Peanuts first and foremost because of how fantastic they taste. Each flavor is very unique, and a part of the growing trend of savory, different flavors and the growing health interest in nuts in general.
Take, for instance, Weaver’s Bacon Ranch Blister Roasted Peanuts of amazing flavors, from extra satisfying bacon, to creamy and a bit zesty ranch, to crunchy nuttiness of peanuts – this is truly a winning combo of tastes!
Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks offers a selection of premium, crispy blister roasted peanuts that include Sea Salt & Pepper Blister Roasted Peanuts, Dill Pickle Blister Roasted Peanuts, Sriracha Ranch Blister Roasted Peanuts, and PB&J Blister Roasted Peanuts.
What’s more, peanuts actually pack a serious nutritional punch and provide many health benefits. Numerous studies have shown that peanuts may promote heart health. They are good sources of fiber, vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese, and have a good dose of antioxidants.
These flavorful Blister Roasted Peanuts make a great snack and will fill you up nicely, plus, kids love them, too. They can even be used in different recipes, meat and veggie rice dishes, smoothies, salads, and much more. And, as with everything else, it’s good to practice moderation.
Extra Large Red Skin Peanuts Roasted Salted, or the yummy Butter Toffee Coconut Peanuts.
And as for where to buy peanuts, nothing to worry about - find a big selection of high quality peanuts for sale right here.
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