Peanuts Healthy Food Guide

Peak season: Peanuts are harvested in the late summer and early fall


Peanut butter [is] the pâté of childhood.

—Florence Fabricant, food writer and cookbook author

Peanuts go far beyond snacks and sandwiches. Dr. George Washington Carver, a scientist who lived from about 1864 to 1943, found over 300 uses for the humble legume, using them as ingredients in chili sauce, sausage, face powder, hand lotion, glue and plastics.

What you get

Although relatively high in calories, these nuts are rich in healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Peanuts also deliver some protein, fiber, magnesium, copper and vitamin E.


Shopping Tips
Many varieties of peanuts, including salted, roasted and flavored, are available at most supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Peanuts in the shell can also be found at most supermarkets.
Peanut butter is available in many varieties, from crunchy or creamy, salted or unsalted, natural, organic, flavored and more. Find peanut butter in supermarkets and natural-foods stores.
Storage Tip
Peanuts should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place; they will keep indefinitely if stored in an airtight container in the freezer.
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