What is Peanuts?
The peanut is not a nut, but a member of the pea family. Peanuts are called groundnuts, as they are a legume. Peanuts grow on vines out of the soil and have a firm and easy to crack shell. This shell is grey and indented with a gently curved, or straight and lumpy form. Inside the shell are the peanuts, with thin brown skin and tan/light brown bodies. Peanuts are small and oblong; slightly bigger than a pistachio. The flavor is unusual and nutty with a hint of sweetness. Peanuts can be roasted and salted, or used in a number of international dishes. They are a popular American snack.