May 3, 2011

Crop of Peanuts

By 500 to 100 BC peanuts were so common on the coast of Peru. Peanuts were eaten in exactly the way they are eaten today – toasted in the shell as a snack.

The peanut made its way to Africa a half millennia ago and with the slave trade found its way to North America.

The peanut (A. hypogaea), also called groundnut and earthnut, among other names, is technically a pea not a nut. It is the most popular nut in the United States.

Peanuts are important legume crop in the warm climates of the world.

Peanuts are produced in Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. India and China together account for more than 50% of the world’s total production.

It is an unusual plant in the sense that it flowers above ground, but fruits below ground.

Peanuts is a food high in proteins, monosaturated fat, and the antioxidant reservratol, the peanut is showing it self to be an able protector of the human heart and blood vessel.
Crop of Peanuts

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