Over 80 per cent of peanuts in Canada come from a choice of 25,000 growers in the U.S. The main peanut growing areas in the USA are Georgia, Texas, Alabama, the Carolinas, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mississippi. U.S, peanuts are the best in the world, here’s why:
- • The American peanut tastes better, has a longer shelf life, and boasts a healthier monounsaturated fat profile. The bitter flavours of offshore varieties – sometimes having a rancid taste due to short shelf life – contrast sharply with the pleasing taste of the American peanut.
- • Excellent growing conditions and an industry committed to careful cultivation under rigorous scientific conditions make the American peanut the most carefully raised crop of its kind.
- • Extensive research and advanced technology in breeding, seeding, cultivation and harvesting combine to deliver the most flavourful and safest peanut. The modest price premium of American peanuts assures a product of superior taste and quality.
- • First a digging machine loosens the soil and cuts the tap root. Then a shaker removes the soil from the peanuts and they’re left to cure in the field for two or three days. Freshly dug peanuts then go to the drying wagons for further curing.
- • U.S. peanut growers have harnessed technology to make their product better. Growers use GPS systems in fertilizing and irrigating crops. Shellers use electronic eye and laser technology to clean, size and sort peanuts. And shippers use cold storage where temperature and humidity control keeps the product fresh.
Although many people consider peanuts a nut, they are really a legume of the plant Arachis hypogaea.