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Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:48 am
by Odsox
I germinated a single peanut back in the spring and planted it in the draftiest spot in my tunnel, not the draftiest on purpose but in a spot where it was out of the way.
After that it was totally neglected and as we had a fairly cool dull summer I was most surprised when I pulled it up today.
I counted probably 22 nuts, which ain't bad from a single plant in Ireland.

Maybe I'll try it again next year with more of them and a bit of TLC this time.

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Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:15 pm
by diggernotdreamer
will you be dishing them out to the trick or treaters? That is very impressive, the ground nut scheme didn't ever take off, why was that? I will be giving this a go next year

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:07 pm
by Green Aura
Are you going to eat some of these or save for planting next year? I'd love to know what freshly pulled peanuts taste like - no idea how old the one from shops are.
Do they need to be cooked first? I understand in peanut country in the US they boil them in the husk then suck them out.

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:12 pm
by Odsox
Green Aura wrote:I'd love to know what freshly pulled peanuts taste like


Purely to satisfy your curiosity we sampled a couple, and I can report that they taste just like fresh hazel nuts with a slight peanutty aftertaste.
I think I may have a go at growing a lot more next year. My small greenhouse has nothing allocated to it now that I have my new dedicated tomato greenhouse, and I have been wondering what to grow in there.
This one that I grew was labelled as grown in Spain, I thought that would be more likely to grow here than Chinese ones. So maybe search for some DnD, although the ones we bought recently have no country of origin on them (Lidl & Supervalu)
No trick or treaters round here, they've all grown up.

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:20 pm
by Odsox
Green Aura wrote:I'd love to know what freshly pulled peanuts taste like

Also (I'm dead gullible for weird things to grow), I've grown 2 large pots of "Tiger Nuts" this year as well. They grew well, but still have fairly green tops, so if you haven't tried them yourself you'll have to wait a few more weeks until harvest.
I'm not expecting much, they are described as tasting like coconut and almonds, we shall see ....

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:56 pm
by Green Aura
I haven't had tiger nuts for years. They definitely weren't green though.

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:41 pm
by diggernotdreamer
I grew a tiger nut by accident, it must have come out of the bird feeder and I told the Wizard not to mow near it, but he forgot and chopped its head off, maybe it will come back. I love tiger nuts

Re: Peanuts

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:30 am
by Odsox
Green Aura wrote:They definitely weren't green though

I meant the leaves are still fairly green.
I'll pull them up in a months time and see what they're like.

diggernotdreamer wrote:maybe it will come back

From what I've read they are similar to Knot Weed, as in almost impossible to get rid of, so should come back next year. I'm pleased I grew them in a couple of containers