Even though Mary and I have both grown gardens in several northern states in the United States, neither of us have had much experience growing tropical or warm weather crops. And neither of us had ever tried to raise peanuts before. Mary did her homework/research on google and I went to scores of stores and mercados to try to find maní en crudos (raw peanuts) to plant in four or five containers in our yard.
Not surprisingly, the plants grew quickly.
But a couple of weeks ago we started wondering if the plants were producing actual peanuts. I carefully dug around one of the plants and came up with this.
The plants looked a bit immature still, so we waited until today to try again. This time we dug up all of the plants from one of the containers.
Shook off the dirt and came up with this!
A closer look shows quite a few good-sized peanuts clinging to the roots of these four plants.
Mary learned that we were supposed to hang the peanut plants (with the peanuts on top) somewhere for the plants to dry. So we used what we had handy and the peanuts (plants and all) are drying under our patio umbrella.
When the plants are dry, Mary will decide if these little beauties get roasted, salted, seasoned, or just eaten raw!
We continue to learn better ways to use the bounteous earth that surrounds us here in San Clemente where…
Life is good in Ecuador!