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Interesting Facts about Peanuts

Updated on February 12, 2015
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Peanut is a legume, not a nut

PEANUT is a species of the legume family. Though there is “nut” in the word peanut, it is not a nut, but a legume. It was first planted in the farms of Peru or Bolivia. It is known in other places as earthnut, ground nut, goober peas, monkey nut and pig nut. It bears fruit under the soil in a pod which contain 1 to 4 edible seeds. There are 4 basic types of peanuts: runner, virginia, spanish and valencia. Each of these types is distinguished from the other because of their sizes and flavor.

The Bible says something about the peanut

Peanuts are alleged to be mentioned in the Bible in the Hebrew word bot’nim which is plural and bot’en for a single seed.

How to produce good peanuts

Peanut thrives best in loose, well drained soil. It develops best under 5 months of sunny weather and enough water. After planting the seeds, they produce pods which ripen from 120 to 150 days. They must be harvested at exactly the right time. If harvested too early, the pods are still unripe. If harvested late, the pods are subject to snap at the stalk and will remain in the soil.

Peanuts and peanut butter are energy and health food that has no cholesterol

Peanut is rich in energy and contain health benefiting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients that are essential for optimum health. Peanuts are edible seeds of the legume we are talking about. They are high in protein, oil and fiber. Peanuts and peanut butter are plant foods and contain no cholesterol.

Helps mitigate climate change

Like other legumes, peanut helps mitigate climate change by catching nitrogen from the air and putting it back into the soil.

Health benefits of peanuts

A single cup has 900 calories in it. If you’re after the health benefits of peanuts, try to limit yourself to 30 peanuts and stick with the raw ones, not the processed, glazed or salted ones

World's largest producer of peanuts

As of 2006, China was the world's largest peanut producer, followed by India and the United States of America. Low grade or culled peanuts which comprised more than 50% of peanut produced worldwide are crushed for their oil.

Where peanuts are grown

Peanuts are grown plentiful in Shandong, Hebei, Henan, Liaoning and Anhui provinces of China. In the US, peanuts are grown in Georgia, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Oklahoma. Peanuts in India are produced in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy and Chennai. The largest exporters of peanuts are China, the USA and Argentina. Peanuts are exported to biggest consumer markets like Canada, Mexico and Europe. Within Europe, they are sold to the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany, and Spain.

The many uses of peanuts

Peanuts are used in recipes, made into solvents and oils, manufactured into peanut flour and peanut paste, used in make-up, medicines, textile materials, peanut butter, etc. They are made into delicious confections which include salted peanuts, peanut butter sandwiches, peanut candy bars, peanut butter cookies and cups, peanut brittle and shelled nuts plain or roasted. They came also as boiled peanuts which are unshelled peanuts boiled in brine and fried peanut recipes which allow both shell and nut to be eaten. In the manufacturing industry, peanuts are included in the making of cosmetics, paints, dyes, plastics and nitroglycerin.

Peanut can be eaten raw

Peanuts can be eaten raw. Travel to places where building a fire and cooking food is next to impossible, peanuts as food may save you from hunger.

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