Do Peanuts Grow On Trees?

Question: Do peanuts grow on trees?

Answer: Many people question how peanuts are grown. There is a misconception that peanuts grow on trees and are picked when ripened. While it  might be fun to go peanut picking from trees, unfortunately, peanuts do not grow on trees.

Peanuts are actually considered a legume and not a nut. A legume is a plant that produces pods. The pods house a seed that is often eaten. Examples of legumes other than peanuts are peas, beans, and lentils.

Peanuts are typically planted as seeds in late spring to avoid issues with frost. They are mostly commercially grown in the southern United States with Georgia producing approximately 50 percent of the output. The below picture gives you an idea of how peanut plants grow in a field.

do peanuts grow on trees

It takes roughly 30 days for the seed to noticeably transform into a plant. At about day 40, the plant begins to produce yellow flowers on its lower half. The flowers  soon drop off the plant leaving the ovaries.The ovaries begin to descend to the soil where they eventually break into the soil and start to produce the peanut underground.

peanut flower

The peanuts are harvested in approximately 140 days. The plants are pulled from the ground to expose the peanuts to sunlight where they are left to dry for a couple of days. The peanuts are then cut away from the plant and cured.