Bad reputations tend to stick around, even when it comes to food. For the past few years, peanuts have gotten a lot of negative press mainly because of peanut allergies. But for those of us without a peanut allergy, peanuts are a great addition to our diets. They are a good source of protein and have been shown to lower your total cholesterol and your “bad” cholesterol. And if that wasn’t enough, recent studies have confirmed that eating peanuts can actually lower your risk for coronary heart disease.
Best of all, peanuts give our bodies these added health benefits without causing weight gain. (When eaten in moderation, of course.) Peanuts are a great snack and a real “stick-to-the-ribs” kind of food that fills you up and keeps you going. Just a small handful of peanuts will give you the late afternoon pick-me-up you need without reaching for an unhealthy candy bar!
We gardeners grow all sorts of things we like to eat – from potatoes to tomatoes to squash and beyond. But have you ever thought about growing your own peanuts? You can! It’s amazingly easy to do…
Peanuts are a great addition to your home garden. They require just a minimal amount of care and reward you with large harvests. If you’re looking to grow something new or different this year, maybe you should consider growing peanuts.
With homegrown peanuts you can:
- Roast them in their shells for quick & healthy snacks.
- Grind them into a healthy, homemade peanut butter!
- Boil them and enjoy a true “Southern” delicacy.
- Use them as a salad topping…
- Make candies, desserts, and homemade peanut brittle.
- Add them to your casseroles and other dishes. (Crushed peanuts make a wonderful breadcrumb substitute)
- Make a delicious Asian peanut sauce and even peanut soup…
You can even feed peanuts to your birds as a healthy source of homegrown birdseed. Now, that’s a real “peanut gallery” of uses! These are just a few ideas we have for using your homegrown peanuts. You are only limited by your own imagination.
One peanut plant will yield approximately 50-60 pods, with each pod containing 2-3 nuts. One half-pound of peanuts will give you enough peanut plants to grow a 35-foot row. That’s makes for a remarkable yield you can eat fresh and still have plenty to store for later use. You really will be going nuts for peanuts! Check them out!