The Rise of the Peanut

Peanuts are pretty ubiquitous. Whether roasted, boiled, or as an oil, we consume peanuts in a variety of manners. This nut that is a legume rather than a nut has, over the past 150 years, infiltrated our cultural arena. We throw a ruckus in the peanut gallery while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, based off of the comic strip Peanuts. And then think to ourselves, “I wouldn’t pay peanuts for such a sad looking Christmas tree.” Well, the peanut, or otherwise known as the gouber pea, ground nut, ground pea, earth-nut, Pindar nut, and ground bean may have entered our cultural slang, but as we can surmise certainly not in a positive way.

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