Thursday, January 5, 2012
Peanuts - pea or nut?
Apparently, before I came on the scene, my new family used to grow peanuts. Now I always thought that peanuts were a nut. But I've been informed that they are actually a pea or part of the legume family if you will. There are many different types and they can grow on a bush or a creeper. But unlike peas, peanuts don't actually grow on the bush, they grow under it. They grow in the soil, but not as a root like potatoes or carrots. The flower which is on the plant, is pollinated and then a stalk which comes from the flower imbeds itself in the soil and a peanut pod grows with between one and four peanuts.