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Peanut

The peanut, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family, is a tender, herbaceous viny plant that produces edible seeds, also called peanuts (or goobers, pindars, groundnuts, or grass nuts). Native to South America, the plant was introduced to Africa by European explorers and reached North America with the slave trade. Its value as a food crop was recognized only in the late 19th century, and it is now cultivated in more than 40 countries on six continents. In order of production, India, China, the United States, and Argentina are the major producers. Other large growers include Mexico, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Brazil, Nigeria, and Malawi.

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