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Any experts on peanuts/monkey nuts out there?

Paul Hodson is off-line
22 October 2013 17:38
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Unless there's some thieving sod at the plantation who's cracking them open, pinching the 'nut' and then gluing it back together as some sort of cruel joke.



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22 October 2013 17:50
johnlp
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I'm completely addicted to them, fresh or cooked. My digestive system hates them, so I endeavour not to binge on them too frequently.

Serious note. There is a mould that grows on them, you'll know about it if you eat one, and it produces a toxin which is a known carcinogen.

Wildlife peanuts if left out too long will also develop mould, and they think this could account for a slump in Greenfinch numbers. Why we can't eat peanuts packaged for birds I don't know?


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
22 October 2013 17:53
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Why we can't eat peanuts packaged for birds I don't know?



I think they're the Chinese ones and they taste bloody awful, I'm very particular about what monkey nuts I buy and will only have ones I know are American because of the massive difference in taste.  You can stick the Chinese ones in the oven though and roast them a bit, not perfect but they do taste nicer afterwards.
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gerryquiff is off-lineSilver Member
22 October 2013 18:56
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The outer shells originally start growing above ground from shoots.
Its only when the outer shell (with the partially formed fruit) is pushed underground that light is blocked and the fruit begins to form and grow, nutrients from the soil are also absorbed by the shell to help growth.
. The small fruit you find has not formed due to too much light entering the pod, an also very little nutrients being absorbed.



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23 October 2013 04:30
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Quote from gerryquiff
The outer shells originally start growing above ground from shoots.
Its only when the outer shell (with the partially formed fruit) is pushed underground that light is blocked and the fruit begins to form and grow, nutrients from the soil are also absorbed by the shell to help growth.
. The small fruit you find has not formed due to too much light entering the pod, an also very little nutrients being absorbed.






Wow, you certainly know your nuts 
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Gary Newton is off-line
23 October 2013 10:40
oceanova
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I get distressed when I buy a bag of Pistachio nuts and most of them are unsplit. Have you tried opening them??


Imagery is off-line
23 October 2013 14:19
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Ohh I could be really boring at this point.....

This phenomena is often called 'blind seeds' in many crops.
There can be many causes.....
In peanuts/groundnuts I believe it is usually and very commonly caused by a calcium deficiency.
In grass seeds it is often caused by a fungus... other pests effecting early development at seed formation can also cause this..

The toxins a previous poster referred to are mycotoxins produced by moulds. A relatively recent and increasing area of human understanding. Many are carcinogenic. Most can occur in food stuffs to a dangerous level even when visible mould (to the human eye) is not present...


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23 October 2013 14:20
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I get distressed when I buy a bag of Pistachio nuts and most of them are unsplit. Have you tried opening them??



Don't even try.  It ususally ends up in someone having to perform the heimlich manouvre.


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23 October 2013 14:30
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Quote from Imagery
Ohh I could be really boring at this point.....

This phenomena is often called 'blind seeds' in many crops.
There can be many causes.....
In peanuts/groundnuts I believe it is usually and very commonly caused by a calcium deficiency.
In grass seeds it is often caused by a fungus... other pests effecting early development at seed formation can also cause this..

The toxins a previous poster referred to are mycotoxins produced by moulds. A relatively recent and increasing area of human understanding. Many are carcinogenic. Most can occur in food stuffs to a dangerous level even when visible mould (to the human eye) is not present...



and I forgot to say the empty pods you are finding are called "pops"


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23 October 2013 15:25
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Quote from Imagery
Ohh I could be really boring at this point..... This phenomena is often called 'blind seeds' in many crops. 



Is this similar to blind daffodils?




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