Peanut Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
What is a peanut?
A: The peanut is a species in the legume or "bean" family.
Where was the peanut probably first domesticated and
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?
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
A: 20 to 39 inches.
How long does it take the pods to ripen after the seeds are
A: 120 to 150 days.
The peanut was introduced to China by whom in the 17th
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
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
were what type?
Spanish peanuts have a higher "what" than other types of
A: Oil content.
Spanish peanuts grown in the US are now primarily grown
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?
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.