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Peanut Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Free printable peanut trivia quiz questions with answers.

 

Food Trivia Questions

 

What is a peanut?
A: The peanut is a species in the legume or "bean" family.

Where was the peanut probably first domesticated and cultivated?
A: In the valleys of Paraguay.

The peanut plant is an annual herbaceous plant  that grows to be how tall?
A: 1.0 to 1.6 feet tall.

In botanical terms the peanut is not technically a nut, but rather a what?
A: Legume.

Peanuts are often served in a similar manner to "what" in many western cuisines?
A: True nuts.

Archeologists have dated the oldest peanut specimens to about how many years old?
A:  7,600 years.

The peanut was spread worldwide by whom?
A: European traders.

In North America, the peanut was mainly what type of crop?
A: A garden crop.

It was mostly used as animal feed stock until when?
A: The 1930s.

In the United States, what did the US Department of Agriculture create in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
A: A program to encourage agricultural production and human consumption of peanuts.

What did George Washington Carver develop for that program?
A: Hundreds of recipes for peanuts.

Peanuts grow best in what kind of soil?
A: Light, sandy loam soil.

They require five months of  what?
A: Warm weather.

Peanuts need how much annual rainfall or the equivalent in irrigation water?
A: 20 to 39 inches.

How long does it take the pods to ripen after the seeds are planted?
A: 120 to 150 days.

The peanut was introduced to China by whom in the 17th century?
A: Portuguese traders.

Another variety of peanuts were introduced to China by who in the 19th century?
A: American missionaries.

Peanuts became very popular and are featured in many what?
A: Chinese dishes, often being boiled.

As of 2006, what country was the world's largest peanut producer?
A: China.

There are thousands of peanut cultivars, but what are the four most popular groups?
A: Spanish, Runner, Virginia, and Valencia.

Most peanuts marketed in the shell are of what type?
A: The Virginia type.

Spanish peanuts are used mostly for  what?
A: Peanut candy, salted nuts, and peanut butter.

What are most Runners used for?
A: To make peanut butter.

Where are the small Spanish types grown?
A: In South Africa, and in the southwestern and southeastern US..

Prior to 1940, 90% of the peanuts grown in Georgia, USA, were what type?
A: Spanish.

Spanish peanuts have a higher "what" than other types of peanuts?
A: Oil content.

Spanish peanuts grown in the US are now primarily grown where?
A: In New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Why are peanuts often a major ingredient in mixed nuts?
A: Because of their relative cost compared to other nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, and others.

Peanut butter has a high protein content and resists what?
A: Spoiling.

Peanut oil is often used in cooking, because it has a mild flavor and a relatively high what?
A: Smoke point.

Because it has a high monounsaturated content, peanut oil is considered healthier than what?
A: Saturated oils.