Today's Wonder of the World is...the Peanut!
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Three cheers for Peanuts! Otherwise known as earthnuts, goobers, goober peas, pindas, jack nuts, manila nuts, and my favorite, monkey nuts.
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Hey! I resent that!
But even you must admit, the peanut is an amazing plant. Did you know it's not really a nut at all? It's really a legume, in costume.
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Most peanuts are grown in China now. For those of you who like numbers, that's over 13 million tons worth of goobers, or 37.5% of the world's monkey nut production.
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One day I'd love to yank a peanut plant out of the ground and examine it.
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I've never seen them growing up close, though lately I've seen a whole lot of peanuts.
Todd made several batches of peanut brittle over the holidays.
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Yey tooth decay!
And of course we eat lots of boiled peanut around these parts.
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What? You've never eaten boiled peanuts? You must try them!
They're a southern tradition, and guess what...THEY'RE NOT EVEN FRIED!
I know!!! How could this be?
The best part is finding a good boiled peanut stand to buy them from. This one looks promising...
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Actually, I don't even know Dude, but it's a good photo.
Generally I've found that the more ramshackle the stand, the better the boiled peanuts. You give the man a couple of dollars and he ladles them out of a kettle of brine into a Styrofoam cup.
Of course if you're a big fat chicken and are too afraid to try boiled peanuts, you could always go to one of those steak houses where they serve peanuts while you wait for your order. Why not do what everyone else does, and throw the shells on the floor?
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Why not? Because it gives me nightmares about secret mouse parties, where gangs of mice and all their friends dance the macarena in the shells, kicking them with their little mouse feet, and tossing them up in the air for fun.
They need to clean those places up.
Maybe they could use this soap!
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Sorry, I tried to restrain myself from posting too many yummy peanut treats since so many of us (including me) are trying hard to keep our resolutions for at least another week, but I LOVE Reeses cups. I thought the Resoaps might wash the thought of chocolate and peanut butter out of my brain.
Shoot. It didn't work. (But you can still find these soaps at etsy, here.)
Let's distract ourselves.
Allow me to introduce you to my favorite peanut in a top hat!
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Hey there Mr. Peanut!
Would you like to know more about the man (sort of) behind the monocle?
You there in the peanut gallery, watch this short clip from the Food Network. You'll be amazed. And you'll find out where the peanut gallery comes from!
Have a wonder-full Tuesday everyone!