Cacahuete

Cacahuetes con hojas en Hong Kong

Arachis hypogaea

Sinónimos:
Cacahuete, Cacahuete, Cacahuete de mono
Peanut (Wikipedia)

Peanut
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Fabales
Family:Fabaceae
Genus:Arachis
Species:
A. hypogaea
Binomial name
Arachis hypogaea
Subspecies and varieties
  • subsp. fastigiata Waldron
    • var. aequatoriana Krapov. & W. C. Greg
    • var. fastigiata (Waldron) Krapov. & W. C. Greg
    • var. peruviana Krapov. & W. C. Greg
    • var. vulgaris Harz
  • subsp. hypogaea L.
    • var. hirsuta J. Kohler
    • var. hypogaea L.
Synonyms
  • Arachis nambyquarae Hoehne
  • Lathyrus esquirolii H. Lév.

The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober (US), pindar (US) or monkey nut (UK), and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers. It is classified as both a grain legume and, due to its high oil content, an oil crop. World annual production of shelled peanuts was 44 million tonnes in 2016, led by China with 38% of the world total. Atypically among legume crop plants, peanut pods develop underground (geocarpy) rather than above ground. With this characteristic in mind, the botanist Carl Linnaeus gave peanuts the specific epithet hypogaea, which means "under the earth".

The peanut belongs to the botanical family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), commonly known as the legume, bean, or pea family. Like most other legumes, peanuts harbor symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in root nodules. The capacity to fix nitrogen means peanuts require less nitrogen-containing fertilizer and improve soil fertility, making them valuable in crop rotations.

Peanuts are similar in taste and nutritional profile to "tree nuts" such as walnuts and almonds, and, as a culinary nut, are often served in similar ways in Western cuisines. The botanical definition of a nut is "a fruit whose ovary wall becomes hard at maturity". Using this criterion, the peanut is not a nut. However, peanuts are usually categorized as "nuts" for culinary purposes and in common English more generally.

Peanuts
Peanut (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From pea +‎ nut.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: pē'nŭt", IPA(key): /ˈpiːˌnʌt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpinət/, /ˈpiˌnʌt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌt

Noun

peanut (plural peanuts)

  1. A legume resembling a nut, the fruit of the plant Arachis hypogaea.
  2. (US) A very small clam.
  3. See peanuts (very small amount).

Hypernyms

  • earthnut, groundnut

Synonyms

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