13 January 2010 2,718 views 2 Comments
Ingredient Name: Peanuts, ground nuts, or earthnuts
Traditional Chinese Name: 花生 (huā shēng)
What is this?
- Peanuts are part of the bean family
- The plants grow no taller than 1.6 feet in height and produce a legume which contains seeds in it
- It is during cultivation that the plant has turned downwards and put the fruit on the ground where it matures and turns into the peanuts that we see commercially
- The Chinese consume peanuts widely and are the world’s largest producer of peanuts
- It is commonly found in soups, dishes, and desserts
How do I prepare it?
Rinse with warm water before using in soup
You can use raw peanuts as well as cooked peanuts for soups
Where can I buy this?
Peanuts can be found in all supermarkets and even snacks
It is best to purchase unprocessed peanuts (unsalted) for soup usage
What is the cost?
Peanuts are very affordable. A bag of peanuts can cost $3-5 CAD
Peanuts have a high source of nutrients with over 30 essential nutrients
They are high in protein and energy and have a high content of unsaturated “good” fats
Excellent for brain health and circulation and blood flow
Peanuts also contain a high amount of anti-oxidants that help slow down the process of aging
Peanut allergies are relatively common so consume when you’re sure no allergies are present
Boiled peanuts have a lower risk of causing an allergic reaction over roasting (as some studies have shown)