Last spring, we planted peanuts in our family garden. We’d never heard of anyone growing peanuts around here, but when we saw them at the store, they were impossible to pass up. We stuck them in the ground, and waited…and waited…
Since peanuts grow underground, the only sign you have that anything is happening is when the plant seems to spread out, and little yellow flowers appear. All summer long, we watched the plant spread, and little yellow flowers come and go, but we still weren’t sure what would happen when we finally harvested them. You’re supposed to pull the plant out of the ground around your first frost.
So, the day came when it was time to harvest the peanuts. Neighbors asked to come witness the event, but we went ahead and did it with just the four of us…I figured it we had nothing, we didn’t want to look like fools in front of our friends! (My daughter did go over though, and invite them to come check it out once the reveal was over!)
Here’s what we discovered! (My poor husband, he came home from work and we immediately steered him towards the garden…as you can see, we didn’t even give him a chance to change out of his work clothes!)
I have no idea if this is a small harvest or a large one, but we were just happy to see any peanuts at all!
Then we needed to figure out what to do with them. They were filthy and so all of the dirt needed to be removed. From there it’s off to the oven for roasting.
This was such fun, I’m sure we’ll try it again next year!