WHERE DO PEANUTS COME FROM?
Of course, the question of ‘…where do peanuts come from…’ can be taken in two ways as in:
1. Where in the world do peanuts come from?
2. What kind of plant and whereabouts on it does the peanut come from?
To answer the second part - the peanut is a small annual herbaceous plant that grows to 30-40 cm tall. It produces a typical peaflower flower which is usually yellow with reddish veining.
Weirdly, once pollinated the flower stalk will begin to bend until the fertilized ovary touches the ground. However, the stalk continues to grow and pushes the ovary underground! The ovary continues to develop into a legume pod which matures into what we commonly call a peanut. Each pod can be between 1-3 inches long and containing as many as 4 ‘seeds’.
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