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Peanuts or Groundnuts

Photos and explanation of Peanuts or Groundnuts around the world.

Having visited over 88 countries, I believe peanuts or groundnuts are in all countries of the planet.

Ghana Peanuts

Peanuts or Groundnuts being roasted in Mampong, Ghana.

Separating Peanuts from shells in Cinkasse, Togo

Wood Fire under Peanuts Roading

Peanut or Groundnuts Defined:
The peanut, or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a species in the legume or "bean" family (Fabaceae). The cultivated peanut was probably first domesticated in the valleys of Perú. It is an annual herbaceous plant growing 30 to 50 cm (0.98 to 1.6 ft) tall. The leaves are opposite, pinnate with four leaflets (two opposite pairs; no terminal leaflet), each leaflet 1 to 7 cm (¨ü to 2¾ in) long and 1 to 3 cm (¨ü to 1 inch) broad. The flowers are a typical peaflower in shape, 2 to 4 cm (¾ to 1½ in) across, yellow with reddish veining. After pollination, the fruit develops into a legume 3 to 7 cm (1.2 to 2.8 in) long, containing 1 to 4 seeds, which forces its way underground to mature. Hypogaea means "under the earth."

Peanuts are known by many other local names such as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts.

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