The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober (US), pindar (US) or monkey nut (UK) andtaxonomically classifiedas Arachis hypogaea, is alegumecropgrown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in thetropicsand subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers. It is classified as both a grain legume and, due to its high oil content, an oil crop. Peanuts are similar in taste and nutritional profile to “tree nuts” such aswalnutsandalmonds, and, as aculinary nut, are often served in similar ways inWestern cuisines.
Peanuts are rich in proteins, fats and fiber. They are a powerhouse of healthy trans fats that help monitor your cholesterol.