Whether boiled, roasted, ground, or salted, most people are familiar with peanuts. But these crunchy treats are not actually nuts, they’re legumes, and they have more healing benefits than one might realize.

Peanut plants grow above the ground but the edible peanut actually grows under the soil. The plants have small yellow flowers toward the bottom that self-pollinate and then lose their petals. Once the stem gets heavy and leans toward the ground, the pollinated ovary buries itself in the soil and begins to form a peanut. Isn’t Nature incredible?

In addition to being chock-full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, peanuts help to prevent colon cancer, gallstones, and Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts grow in the ground, so from a TCM perspective, these crunchy legumes benefit the Stomach and Spleen, the organs associated with the Earth element in Five Element Theory. Peanuts also support good digestive health and help stimulate breast milk production.

From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chocolate peanut butter pie to sweet peanut soup and pad thai, peanuts are used around the world in many types of dishes, both sweet and savory. Check out our recipe section for some interesting peanut recipes to try today!

Food, TCM

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