Peanuts! This is an excellent snack that fills your tummy full. Peanuts are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and have no cholesterol. How To Grow Harvest Peanuts
Peanuts are originated from South America, where Peruvian Indians cultivated them 3500 years ago. They considered them as a status symbol and used them as money too which isn’t surprising how many of us still think that we are working for peanuts.
These nuts are actually healthful and nutritious food and can be grown around the world. Basically, these are not nuts, they are legumes related to peas and beans. Unlike its family members who bear their pods directly on their plants, peanuts pods develop Underground.
The peanut plant is unique because of its flowers which grow above ground, yet the pods containing the seeds develop in the soil.
There are many varieties of peanuts, but they can be broken down into four main categories. Runners, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
Let’s see how to grow peanuts and harvest them at the right time.
How To Grow Peanuts:
Peanuts grow well in warmer climates of the Southern US and have known to grow as far north as southern Canada.
- Peanut takes a long time to grow and they need to be planted a few weeks after the last frost date in the spring.
- Choose a site that receives full sun and take raw, uncooked and fresh peanuts from their shells.
- To grow inside, fill a large four-inch-deep plastic bowl 2/3 full of moist soil in it. Take peanuts from the shells and place them on top of the soil and cover it with one inch of soil.
- Plants will sprout quickly, then transplant seedlings outside after the threat of frost have passed.
- To Grow Outside, place the seeds 2 inches deep and 8 inches apart in well-drained soil. It is important to loosen the soil because if the soil is too tight and not well-drained, they’ll struggle to grow.
- Once they reach 6 inches’ height, it’s time to cultivate around each plant. This process will make the plant to spread out and grow.
- After cultivating, you need to hill them. It means you must build up mulch around the plants to protect the roots.
- After all these, you’ll begin to see some small pea-like yellow flowers on the stem of the plant. Once the flowers dry up you can see little ovaries form and then fall over and tunnel their way into the ground.
- Peanuts are harvested before the frost when the plant totally becomes yellow.
- Take a spading fork and dig out the entire plant and carefully shake out most of the soil. Hang them indoors to dry completely for about a month.
- You can eat them after they dried completely. Or roast them to perfection by baking shelled or unshelled in a 350-degree F over 20 minutes.
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