National Nut Day

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2024 DateOctober 22, 2024
2025 DateOctober 22, 2025

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National Nut Day History

National Nut Day is an annual observance created to recognize the nutritional value and versatility of nuts, promoting their consumption for a healthy diet and an overall positive impact on well-being. Nuts are known for their high content of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This day is also dedicated to acknowledging the environmental and economic contributions of the nut industry, emphasizing sustainability and responsible cultivation practices.

Although the origin of National Nut Day is traced back to the United States, where it was established by the Liberation Foods Company in 2013, it has since gained popularity in Canada. The recognition of this day provides a platform for Canadian nut growers, processors, and industry stakeholders to showcase their products and promote local farming and sustainable practices. Canada is known for cultivating nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, and heartnuts, with a significant portion of the industry located in Southern Ontario. Increasing awareness and supporting the national nut industry fosters a sense of pride and contributes to both economic growth and community livelihood.

National Nut Day is observed in Canada by organizing various events that are both educational and entertaining. These events might include fairs showcasing locally grown nuts, cooking demonstrations that incorporate nuts into traditional Canadian recipes, and educational exhibitions detailing the history and benefits of nut cultivation. Canadians may also use this day to explore diverse nut options and familiarize themselves with their numerous health benefits. While National Nut Day is officially celebrated on October 22nd, Canadians recognize and appreciate the contributions of the nut industry and the wholesome advantages of nut consumption year-round.

National Nut Day facts

  • Wall Street got its name from an actual wall that was built in the 17th century by the Dutch, who were trading actively in walnut futures at the time.
  • Macadamia nuts are known to be the hardest nuts to crack. They require more than 300 pounds per square inch of pressure.
  • Nuts like almonds, pecans, and walnuts were a major part of human diet 780,000 years ago. Nuts were served at the wedding feast of Roman King Tutankhamun.
  • Canada has a high number of people with allergies, specifically peanut allergies. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the prevalence of peanut allergies in Canadian households is 1.68%.
  • Canada imports more than 90% of the cashews, walnuts, and almonds it consumes, as the climate isn't favorable for these types of nuts. A large portion of these nuts comes from the U.S.

Top things to do in Canada for National Nut Day

  • Eat nuts for lunch, dinner, or as a snack.
  • Learn more about the heath benefits of nuts and general healthy eating by watching a documentary. Some of our picks: Food Matters (2008), Hungry For Change (2012) and Making the Connection (2011)
  • Explore recipes that feature nuts as the main ingredient or bring out their flavors. Bake peanut butter cookies, make almond-crusted chicken, create a homemade trail mix with mixed nuts, or make a pecan pie.
  • If you have a food processor or blender, make your own nut butter at home. Roast your favorite nuts, blend them together until creamy, and enjoy the deliciousness as a dip, spread, or in recipes.

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