You might not be able to tell by looking at it, but the peanut is actually a member of the legume family, making it more of a pea or bean than a nut, botanically speaking. Originating in South America, the peanut was grown commercially in the US in the 1800s, when it was used for oil, as a cocoa substitute, and occasionally for food or livestock feed. Sixty years later, during the Civil War, soldiers turned to peanuts as a quick, inexpensive snack, and they returned home with a taste for the nut, leading to the popularity of roasted peanuts at baseball games and circuses. Now the peanut is one of the most popular and well-loved nuts across the country, contributing more than $4 billion to the US economy each year.

As equally delicious in a spicy dipping sauce for chicken skewers as it is in a chocolate-drizzled brittle, the peanut blends effortlessly into a wide array of recipes, and is sure to please children and adults alike. The peanut contains 25% more protein than any other true nut, boasts an antioxidant count that rivals most fruits, and is loaded with heart-healthy fats that are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Recipes with Peanuts

Cucumber and Radish Raita

Laxmi Hiremath, Author of The Dance of the Spices: Classic Cooking for Today’s Home Kitchen.

Articles about Peanuts

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Janelle, Henry, and, Sarah.

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »