20 Amazing Facts About Peanuts

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If you’re like hundreds of millions of other people around the globe, you occasionally snack on peanuts (or perhaps frequently). Not only do they taste great and have many health benefits, but there is so much to know about these iconic foods, such as their long and storied history.

There are amazing and hard to believe facts about peanuts that you’ve always wanted to know. Well, sit down and relax because you’re about to learn 20 of them!

Peanuts are a legume, not a nut

The peanuts for sale in Thai fresh market. The peanut or groundnut or Arachis hypogaea is a species in the legume or bean family (Fabaceae).

A misleading name if there ever was one, peanuts are not actually a nut, but a legume. Unlike nuts, legumes grow underground and not on trees. Peanuts are in the same family as soybeans, chickpeas, clover, licorice and lentils. Bet you were quite surprised to hear that.