Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Fourteen!

The common peanut, which is classified below, is actually not a nut but rather a species in the legume or “bean” family.  In addition to being a food source, the peanut has quite a variety of uses besides food.  Some of its other uses include: soap, insecticide, explosives, grease, glue, and fertilizer.  Did you know that the first diesel engines ran on peanut oil, which can still be used as a bio-fuel?  Do you know of any other foods that can be converted  into fuel or other green products?

Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Dalbergieae
Genus: Arachis
Species: A. hypogaea

And, on a related note, in my youth I was quite fond of the song “Goober Peas” (don’t ask me why) . . . and now, I will have this song in my head for the rest of the day, I’m sure.  Have a great weekend.


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