Of all the national days that happen every day I think our ESL students would be fascinated with the abundance of information about, oddly enough, peanuts! Hancock International College hasn’t seen too many peanut dishes at our potlucks, but I think that will change after this blog. Celebrating national peanut day let’s take a look at some fun facts about the crunchy versatile food.
I found on quora.com that, “Peanuts are a fruit. Fruits are, by botanical definition, the plant tissue which contains the seeds. Like all fruits, it develops from the ovary at the base of the flower. The “nut” parts of a peanut are the seeds, and the part you peel off and drop on the ground at a baseball game is the dry, inedible pericarp.” So the answer would be no… they are not nuts.
I couldn’t believe that Peanuts are a fruit! So I went in search of more fun facts and I think I found the mother lode! Here are some highlights from what I found on whitleyspeanut.com: “The peanut is unusual because it flowers above the ground, but fruits below the ground…Although peanuts come in many varieties, there are four basic market types: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia. Each of the peanut types is distinctive in size, flavor, and nutritional composition…Peanuts are grown in the warm climates of Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. India and China together account for more than half of the world’s production. The United States has about 3% of the world acreage of peanuts, but grows nearly 10% of the world’s crop because of higher yields per acre…”