Boiled, baked, crushed and know by a dozen different names, the little nut is actually a legume and used in everthing from candy bars to cosmetics. Eat them raw with a few chillies just to notch them up a bit.
Peanut butter is reportedly a favorite take along for explorers to Antarctica who need protein and calories to brave the elements; just in case you are heading there. Wikipedia, claims that archeologists date the oldest specimen back 7,600 years to Peru.
In Bangalore, India, once a year, a two day fair is devoted to the peanut or groundnut. Called the Kadalekaye Parishe fair, it all happens in the Basavanagudi area; around the Bull Temple turning the streets into an impassable but photographic gem; different than the usual fruit & veg market shots.
Vendors by the score peek out from mountains of peanuts, religious rituals are performed; especially prayers to the Nandi Bull at the temple, families congregate…..the best street party I’ve ever been to.
With “Planters” being almost synomous with peanuts, who would have imagined a happening like this in the south of India? As it turns out India’s share of world groundnut production is about 18% more than double that of the USA‘s 7%. But they’re both peanuts compared to China‘s 42%! Bet they have good peanut festivals too!