PEANUT


Peanut | Fıstık


Peanut (fıstık) is believed to have originated in South America. Although there are no archeological records to support the assertion, people in South America made pottery and jars in the shape of peanuts as far back as 3,500 years ago. As early as 1,500 BC, the Peruvian Inca used peanuts as a sacrificial offering and entombed them with their their deceased as an aid in the after life. Not originating from trees, peanuts are more closely related to legumes (like lentils or beans) than nuts.

 


Preparation


In Turkey, the majority of peanuts are consumed dried and roasted. Peaut butter is also available.

 


Quick Guide


 

In Turkish, peanuts are called fıstık.

 

Roughly 80% of peanuts cultivated in Turkey come from the provinces of Adana, Osmaniye and Mersin in Turkey’s Mediterranean Region.

 

Peanuts are harvested in September and October. Dried and roasted peanuts are available all year.

 
 


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