Jimmy Carter and Author, J.F. McGill tell us how the peanut came to America and the effect it had on our culture and economy.
A prostrate southern Brazilian plant (Arachis hypogaea) widely cultivated in tropical and warm temperate regions, having yellow flowers on stalks that bend over so that the seed pods ripen underground.
The edible, nutlike, oily seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil. Also called regionally goober, goober pea.
peanut name for a low, annual leguminous plant ( Arachis hypogaea ) of the family Leguminosae ( pulse family) and for its edible seeds. Native to South America and cultivated there for millenia, it is said to have been introduced to Africa by early explorers, and Africans transported as slaves brought the plant with them to North America. In the United States it has been extensively cultivated only since the late 19th cent. It is now grown in most tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions, especially in India and China (the major world producers), W Africa, and the SE United States. The seeds—peanuts—are eaten fresh or roasted and are used in cookery and confectionery. They are ground for peanut butter, an important article of commerce, and yield an oil used for margarine, cooking oil, soap manufacture, and industrial purposes. The herbage is used for hay, the residue from oil extraction (called peanut-oil cakes) for stock feed, and the whole plant, left in the ground, as pasturage for swine. Peanut crops are usually harvested by hand except in the United States. Europe is the chief importer and processor, especially for oil manufacture. In the United States the amount of the crop converted to oil depends on the demand for whole peanuts; it is usually only 15% to 20%. Because of its numerous uses (George Washington Carver developed several hundred), high protein content, and adaptability to varying demand, the peanut is an advantageous agricultural crop. There are two types of peanut plant—bunch nuts and vine, or trailing, nuts—named for the way the plants grow. The peanut plant is unusual for its habit of geocarpy: when the pod starts to form, it is pushed into the ground by the elongation of its stalk and matures underground. Other names for the peanut are goober, pinder, earthnut, groundnut, and ground pea. Peanuts are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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month of March is National Peanut Month?
Gone-ta-pott's Peanuttty Spread
1 package 8oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons creamy horseradish
1/4 cup finely chopped green peppers
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 teaspoons butter
Your choice of crackers to dip with.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and the milk until its nice and smooth. Stir in the sour cream, creamy horseradish sauce, green peppers, onion, garlic salt and pepper. Mix well. Spoon into an ungreased shallow 2 cup baking dish because your going to BAKE this peanuttty spread.
Now in your favorite skillet, saute the chopped peanuts in butter for about 2 minutes or until lightly brown. Sprinkle over the yummie cream cheese mixture BAKE- Uncovered - at 350 - 20 minutes
Serve while still hot with crackers.