Peanuts originate from the groundnut plant that was mainly cultivated in Brazil. They were systematically produced in Africa as nourishment for the Africans travelling as slaves to S. America, via Portugal which is also the country that spread it around the world. Generally, peanuts are cultivated in warm climates, reach the market by late September and are now also cultivated in Greece.
- Peanuts are very beneficial thanks to their large contents of folic acid (necessary for pregnant women, who can discuss the matter with their doctors).
- They are rich in phytosterols and therefore help in balancing and reducing cholesterol.
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- After collection, they are peeled and broken. However, we can also buy them in their characteristic "grained" shells, salted or unsalted, as well as without shells, only with the skin, salted or unsalted.
- If the skin is removed, they are fried and salted, reaching the market in their internationally known shape, as peanuts. The nuts create peanut oil and the famous peanut butter, both used in confectionery.
- The seeds, with the appropriate processing, produce a substitute for cocoa, also used in confectionery.