Peanut Harvest

As you might know, if you’ve read my other post about the peanuts at the garden, this was my first time growing them. Every step has been a guessing game and a learning experience. Deciding to finally harvest the crop was no different. On one hand I wanted to leave them in the ground longer to get a bigger yield, but on the other hand I needed to plant a new crop in their place for the CSA.

As I started to pull them out of the ground, I found that many had begun to sprout.  To me, this was a sign that they had been in the field too long. Interestingly, there just as many immature pods as there were sprouting ones. It seemed as though there were peanuts at every stage of their life cycle all at once. In the end, I’m still unclear about the best time to harvest. I think there must be a happy medium between maximum mature pods and least amount of sprouted ones. I have some research to do…

Non-the-less I got a hefty harvest out of the 20 feet planted; a total of about 7 pounds. The rest of the plants amounted to a mounding cartful of nitrogen-rich biomass that went straight into the compost.

That same day I called Sous Chef Matt at Michael’s Genuine Food. His response, “we’ll take them all”!

Before packing the order, I made some lunch. Sauteed okra (the last of my crop) and cabbage with garlic, onion and sage infused olive oil. Added some spicy rice and beans left over from a Chef Creole (Haitian restaurant near the garden) meal and finally threw in a handful of peanuts!

4 comments to Peanut Harvest

  • Aya

    And i was so hoping to buy some from you! Oh well next year. We will have to go Michael’s to get some.

  • Sam

    Can you explain how peanuts grow. Are they just tubers, or do they start out above ground. I have tried to figure it out online but to no avail…

  • I’m so happy to see your farm is doing well, Muriel! Will you be any of the Farmer’s Markets soon? Please let me know, I can’t buy as much as Michael’s but I sure would like to be able to purchase some of your amazing produce!

  • admin

    Peanuts are beans. They are the only bean that develops under ground. The flower blooms close to the stem, near the ground and then the ovary of the pollinated flower elongates with a pointy tip to burrow up to a few inches below ground. The peanut develops at the tip of the ovary.

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