NATIONAL ALMOND DAY
On February 16th each year, National Almond Day recognizes the versatile and healthful almond. This delicious nut is native to the Middle East and thrives in warm, dry climates with mild winters. The day celebrates the benefits and uses of almonds.
Whether you are eating them by themselves, using almond milk, pasta, flour, butter, oil, or meal, almonds offer a delicious flavor along with many health benefits. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market, packed with vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber.
- According to a survey of 500 health professionals, almonds may be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
- According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- Recent research from Purdue University suggests that eating almonds can help people feel satisfied for several hours, which can support weight management and counter weight gain.
- Eighty percent of the world’s almonds are grown in California.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAlmondDay
- Snack on almonds.
- Share almonds with others.
- Collect a variety of seasoned, roasted almonds and enjoy a taste test. Which is your favorite? Toasted, smoked, spicy, or sweet?
- Step into the kitchen and add almonds to your savory cooking. They add flavor to your meats, sauces, and salads.
- Try almond butter for an alternative spread or mixed into dips.
- Create a sweet dessert or healthy substitute using almonds.
- Try one of these recipes:
- Use #NationalAlmondDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL ALMOND DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Almond Day.
Q. How many calories are in almonds?
A. A 1-ounce serving of almonds contains 165 calories.
Q. What country produces the most almonds?
A. The United States leads in the production of almonds. California alone produces 100% of the almonds in the United States.
Q. Who brought almonds to North America?
A. Franciscan padres brought almond trees to California from Spain in the 18th century. However, production didn’t take off until the 20th century.
February 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The English archaeologist Howard Carter opens King Tutankhamen’s ancient Egyptian burial chamber.
U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 2,071,250 for nylon to E.I. du Pont De Nemours & Company.
Senator Rankin Fite of Alabama demonstrates the first 911 emergency telephone system in Haleyville.
Dr. Ruben Quintero performed the first endoscopic fetal surgery.
February 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Edgar Bergen – 1903
The American comedian is best known for creating the puppet characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd through his ventriloquist comedy acts.
Vera Menchik – 1906
The world champion chess player became the first woman to compete against men during international tournament play.
LaVar Burton – 1957
The American actor and director is best known for hosting Reading Rainbow on PBS and starring as Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and films.
John McEnroe – 1959
During the 1980s, McEnroe stormed the courts against Björn Borg while building a dominating tennis career.
Elizabeth Craig – 1883
Richard M. McDonald – 1909
Sonny Bono – 1935
Margaux Hemingway- 1955
James Ingram – 1956
Ice-T – 1957
The Weekend – 1990