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It's National Peanut Day

Technically legumes but generally referred to as nuts, peanuts are high in folate -- a mineral essential for brain development that may protect against cognitive decline. Like most other nuts, peanuts are also full of brain-boosting healthy fats and vitamin E. 28 unshelled nuts contain about 170 calories, 7 grams protein, and 14 grams fat.
Technically legumes but generally referred to as nuts, peanuts are high in folate -- a mineral essential for brain development that may protect against cognitive decline. Like most other nuts, peanuts are also full of brain-boosting healthy fats and vitamin E. 28 unshelled nuts contain about 170 calories, 7 grams protein, and 14 grams fat. (Jack Dykinga/Agricultural Research Service)

HOUSTON – It's National Peanut Day, a time to celebrate the snack that is very popular at baseball games.

Whether you eat them straight out of the shell or salted out of a can, there are many ways to enjoy this food.

And while it's called "peanut," did you know it's not even a nut? Peanuts are legumes and grow in the ground, not on trees like almonds.

Here are some fun peanut facts from the National Peanut Board:

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon. Read about making a PB&J on the International Space Station.
  • Former President Bill Clinton says one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley. 
  • Boiled peanuts are considered a delicacy in the peanut growing areas of the South. Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in a brine until they are of a soft bean-like texture.