Goobers

IMG_9972Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now. I’ve never seen a peanut plant. I knew they grew underground, but that was the extent of my peanut knowledge. Now we have seen first hand how they grow, when and how to harvest, what a healthy plant looks like, how more peanuts grow from the little suckers that creep along the ground. IMG_9980It was great to visit with friends, and enjoy time in their garden on a cool morning. We dug and dug and dug. Only a handful of peanuts grew on each vine. They tell us more would have grown if the ground had not been mounded up so high. I’m glad to share in the knowledge of their experience.IMG_9977 After we dug an entire row, we had a rubbermaid full of peanuts. Jeremie is especially excited about this harvest because he is thinking he will be able to tolerate these heirloom legumes. Peanut butter from the store bothers him, but there is so much garbage put on conventional plants, it may not be the actual peanut to which he is allergic. It could be the sprout inhibitors, the pesticides or preservatives that make him feel ill. After we dry these nuts, we will better be able to tell if he can tolerate them or not. Homemade peanut butter! IMG_9984We also shared in the harvest of our friend’s blue corn. Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m told it makes excellent corn meal for breads, muffins, waffles and more. We enjoyed this field trip on our second day of “school”, realizing that learning happens all the time and anywhere, not just around the table or at a desk! IMG_9987

2 thoughts on “Goobers

  1. I’ve been wanting to grow peanuts for awhile now. We eat A LOT and the kind w/o anything extra added is expensive (go figure)! Keep us updated on the drying process. Are you planning on roasting them? I loved your gleaning (corn) post – I talked to friends about doing that but they had already harvested all of their corn a number of weeks prior and we’ve had a lot of rain so the corn gleanings were not usable. I need to write it in my garden journal to remember for next year!

    • They are all dry now. Took about 2 weeks in the hot greenhouse. We will roast half and keep the other half for homemade peanut butter! Will post pics when we tackle that project. :)

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