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Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

How Do Peanuts Grow?

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.

Content for this question contributed by John Wilson, resident of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA