Peanut – Tennessee Red Valencia Seeds


Peanut – Tennessee Red Valencia Seeds

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Very productive and easy to grow, these bush type peanut plants produce pretty yellow flowers. Their underground pods will contain 2-5 delicious red skinned peanuts that can be eaten raw, roasted, or ground into peanut butter. Harvesting the peanuts can be a fun activity for kids, who will love learning how to dig out these little treasures.

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When to Plant in Spring:

  • Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
  • Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
  • To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.

Planting: Sow seeds 1 inch deep and space them 6 inches apart. Space rows 20 inches apart if you are planting more than one row.

Care: Peanuts don’t like wet leaves as it can contribute to disease. Water close to the soil to avoid this.

Harvesting: Plants start to flower about 40 days after they emerge. The bloom send out a stalk once fertilized, known as a peg. The peg grows down into the soil to produce pods. Harvest pods once the leaves turn yellow. Similar to potatoes, pull the whole plant out and shake loose the soil. Store in a warm dry place so that the pods can dry out completely.

Special Instructions/Tips: Don’t dig out your pods too early as they may be empty. After harvest, be sure to keep drying plants away from any area that might attract rodents. Mice love peanuts!

Germination Days: 7 – 21

Days to Maturity: 100 – 110

moderate water, full sun, tolerate dry soils (until blooms when you should water well)

• Peanuts originated in South America, where it is reported that they were first cultivated by Peruvians about 3,500 years ago.

• Peruvians valued the peanut as a food, but it was also seen as a status symbol and used as currency. Could this be where the saying ‘working for peanuts’ comes from?

• While not used for money today, peanuts are valuable to the body in the form of fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, and iron.

Tennessee Red Peanut Energy Bars
½ cup Tennessee Red or dry roasted peanuts
½ cup roasted sunflower seeds, or other chopped nuts
2 cups raisins, or other chopped dried fruit
2 cups rolled or instant oats
2 cups toasted rice cereal
½ cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

Directions: Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine peanuts, sunflower seeds (or other nuts), raisins (or other dried fruit), oats and rice cereal. Combine peanut butter, brown sugar and honey in a large microwaveable bowl; microwave on High until bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and stir until blended. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Press down firmly. (It helps to coat your fingers with cooking spray.) Let stand for about 1 hour to harden. Cut into bars.

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