These dried nuts are crispy and highly delicious in taste. It is a specie in the legume or “bean” family. Despite its name and appearance, the peanut is not a nut, but rather a legume. Peanuts have many uses. They can be eaten raw, used in recipes, made into solvents and oils, medicines, textile materials, and peanut butter, as well as many other uses. Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source, magnesium, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut). Some people might have mild to severe allergic reactions to peanut exposure.
Unshelled peanuts are mostly preferred for use for animal feed and as a soil fertilizer. Ideally sold as a garden bird feed.