Campaign Chunk Volume 13.10 – Peanuts
The peanut, also known as the groundnut and the goober and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers. It is classified as both a grain legume and, because of its high oil content, an oil crop.
Peanuts are a great source of protein. They also contain other healthy nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, such a vitamin B. The amino acids in the protein are needed for growth and development. In many less developed locations, they can be used to help people gain much-needed weight.
The peanut itself takes up to 150 days to grow from the time of being sown, depending on the species of peanut. To harvest, the entire plant including roots is dug out of the soil. Each plant may bear 10-150 fruit pods. The pods have rough, wrinkled outer shells with 2-3 constrictions as in bean pods. Each peanut kernel is covered with thin brown layer and can be split into two equal halves as in any other legumes.
The peanut itself can be eaten as is, once removed from the shell. But it also has many other uses such as being made into the famous peanut butter, peanut oil. Even the shells can be made into kitty litter, kindling, fireplace logs, or compost or even a form of packing material. One major downside to growing peanuts though is that a typical peanut farm takes up, with most being over 500 acres in size.
Hooks & Rumors
- A farmer claims to have made the first peanut that is safe to eat for those who suffer from allergies to it. He claims his son can eat them with no effect. Others are claiming that in fact, his son was not allergic in the first place. If this turns out to be true it could revolutionize the industry.
- The current world record for throwing a peanut, held by Colin Jackson, stands at 37.92 meters (or 124 feet, four inches). There is an attempt underway to break the 40-meter mark and a festival/official competition has been arranged sponsored by various companies and farmers. But as always, there is a group protesting this, as they are calling it, frivolous waste of resources, even though there is no funding from local government.
- A new method of vertically growing peanuts is being developed to fit more plants into a small space. This method is showing promise but only in certain locations.
- A new drug called “peanut”, which has nothing to do with the legume is causing confusion in the media and the general population as people are mixing up the two and the demand for the banning of “peanut” farms is hitting the innocent farms by mistake.
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