MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do peanuts grow?

farmer harvest peanut on agriculture plantation.

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do peanuts grow?

We’ve all eaten them at baseball games, with other mixed nuts, or in the delicious creamy peanut butter form. But where and how to peanuts actually come to be? How do they grow?

Unlike things like pecans and walnuts, peanuts actually grow underground not on a tree.  They’re planted in early spring and harvested in the fall. The plant that forms above ground looks like a flower. Then the peanuts actually grow underground in the roots of the plant. For a good crop you need 120-140 frost free days. Once they’re ready the farmers pull the plants from the ground with special machines, separate the peanuts, and let them dry.















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