What is a Peanut?
Despite its name and popular belief, a peanut is a legume. It’s grown in the ground where it matures underneath soil in bunches of approximately 40 or more pods, attached by stems to their flowering plant.
Where are Peanuts from?
Archaeologists can trace peanut origins to South American countries such as Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Research has found that as far back as 3,500 years ago peanuts were widely consumed and eaten raw, roasted, boiled, and even fermented into drinks.
The Pasokin Peanut
There are many varieties of peanuts worldwide, and at Pasokin we take great pride and care in our selection process. While The Jumbo Runner grown in Georgia and Texas is the premier choice for Pasokin, quality, taste, and freshness are top priorities when we pick our peanuts.
The US produces four key types and each one has specific qualities:
Valencia – These sweet nuts with bright red skin are often used in natural peanut butter. They also are sold freshly boiled or roasted in the shell as gourmet nuts.
Spanish – They are the smallest of the varieties and are typically used in candies, sold as salted peanuts or crushed into high-quality peanut oil.
Virginia – Also called “ballpark nuts,” this variety is famous as a sporting event snack food. They are also called “cocktail nuts.”
Runners – These are king of peanuts, and they are the most widely grown variety throughout producing regions. In fact, almost 80 percent of all peanuts produced in the US are Runners. They are the reigning choice for peanut butter.