How Do Peanuts Grow?
Peanuts are the fruit of the peanut plant. The peanut is a kind of pea, not a nut. Like other peas, peanuts bear seeds in containers called pods (shells). There are two peanuts in most peanut pods.
Peanuts do not grow on trees. Peanuts grow underground. When a raw Peanut sprouts, it grows into a bushy plant that bears yellow flowers. When the blossoms have fallen, a shoot from the stem grows longer and longer, bends downward, and pushes into the ground. Its tip then swells and grows into a peanut pod.
At harvest time, the peanuts are dug out of the ground with machines. Over its lifetime, the peanut plant will produce about 40 peanut pods before dying.