Off the Beaten Path
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Being a Southern Girl, I know the importance of peanuts. Recently, I learned even more and thought to share it with my readers. Peanuts have the most protein of any nuts, with 7 grams per ounce serving. Because of reduced growing requirements, peanuts are a sustainable plant protein source. They require less water, energy, and fertilizer to grow. The plants are small in size and create a mini climate. In a drought, they pause their growth and just wait it out. In the rain, peanut plants produce flowers that become peanuts. Most plants pull nitrogen/fertilizer from the soil. Peanuts have nitrogen-fixing nodules in their roots, which means they can pull nitrogen from the air and air pockets in the soil. Their root system also absorbs phosphorus and potassium from the soil, unlike many other plants that require fertilizers. Peanut roots run deep and across to grab water and nutrients. Even though the plants are small, they are mighty!