Organic Northern Hardy Valencia Peanut
Full season to harvest | 110 days to harvest | Arachis hypogaea
HEIRLOOM Yes you heard it right, a northern hardy peanut! And if we can grow peanuts, so can you! Even in containers.
Regional adaptation is important for every seed to thrive, few so crucially as peanuts. We were gifted a few handfuls of these ‘Northern Hardy Valencias’ from a family from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when Fruition began and, skeptical as we were, they were impressively abundant and incredibly fun to grow. The family had been saving only the most abundant pods from the most abundant plants for over ten years and WOW. We knew regional adaptation makes all the difference…little did we know!
You’ll notice your packet will be quite large and bulky: we send your peanuts in their shell to preserve each seed’s freshness. Remove them from the shell just before you plant them, taking care to not knick the protective red skin.
Peanuts grow as tall and wide as bush beans, making them suitable for small gardens, even large containers. Sow them when you sow your bush beans, after the last frost; early June is average for us. Well-drained, fertile soil with the additional warmth of a layer of row cover yields the most abundant peanuts. Pay close attention to their gorgeous canary yellow flowers: blossoming within a few inches of the ground, each pollinated flower will grow a purple stem (called a peduncle or peg) down into the soil where it forms each peanut beneath the earth. At the end of the season, your peanut stems will have 20+ purple peduncles connecting your peanuts to each plant! Peanuts continue maturing all season long so we harvest at first frost by forking around each plant gently and lifting the peanuts out of the soil still attached to the plant. The pods with 4 and 5 peanuts we’ll dry & cure for our seed stock; all the other peanuts we boil or roast fresh and enjoy right away. Our favorite is to boil them in salty beer!
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