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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Peanuts 101 - the Basics
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1 - Overview
2 - Brief History
3 - General Information
4 - Planting
5 - Growth
6 - Irrigation
7 - Fungi (Molds)
8 - Harvest and Drying (Curing)
9 - Grading and Testing
10 - Marketing
11 - Health and Nutrition
12 - Other Uses of Peanuts
Brief History
Peanuts are believed to have originated in South America. From there, they were carried to Africa and ultimately to America aboard slave ships. By the 1700's, peanuts were grown commercially in the South. After the Civil War, Union troops carried the tasty nuts home.  Old world map of the Americas
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