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Dish Trip Gone Nuts: National Peanut Day Food Flight

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How are YOU going to celebrate National Peanut Day? Over here at Dish Trip we thought it was only appropriate to celebrate this famous in-flight food... in the air!  So for our first ever “Food Flight,” we staged a creative culinary competition for the unsuspecting passengers on a recent Southwest flight to Denver, CO.

Four courageous competitors were hand-picked by crew members (and by Southwest Airlines' own Brooks Thomas), and challenged to improvise their own in-flight culinary creation using peanuts — the featured ingredient — along with other food that would normally be found on a typical domestic flight.  We also threw in some other bonus ingredients!

Check out the video below. Happy National Peanut Day to all of you who are Nuts about Southwest!  And a special thanks to Nikki, Jeannie, and Adam for making this an amazing experience.  And to Mandy, for being our muse!

Top-Ten Peanut Facts*

  • The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.
  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the US: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • A peanut made it to the moon! Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought one with him in 1971.
  • Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the US economy each year.
  • There are four types of peanuts grown in the US: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
  • The peanut plant originated in South America.
  • A mature peanut plant produces about 40 pods that then grow into peanuts.
  • Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity than grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots and many other foods.
  • Peanuts contain over 30 essential nutrients and are naturally cholesterol-free.

Ever wonder where the term "Peanut Gallery" comes from? The term became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.

* Peanut facts sourced from The National Peanut Board

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Southwest Airlines has procedures in place to assist our Customers with severe allergies to peanut dust.  You can read about those procedures here.