Peanuts are not true nuts. They belong to a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, and other beans. Peanuts start growing as a ground flower. The flower’s heavy weight causes it to bend down to the ground. The seedpods ripen underground where the peanut matures. The veined brown pod of the peanut contains two or three peanut kernels.
China, India and Nigeria are the top 3 producing countries, with a total world crop of approximately 35 million tones (including the shell).
Peanuts are full of protein and are also an important source of essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Peanuts are used in snacks, confectionery and of course in peanut butter. Many recipes use peanuts to add flavour and texture.