It’s time to backtrack on anything you ever knew about peanuts because they aren’t what they seem! While we assumed that peanuts grow on trees like many other nuts in the world, the life of a peanut is very different. That’s because a peanut isn’t technically a nut.
Nope, it’s actually categorized within the legume family, which means that it shares a family with the likes of lima beans and kidney beans. Because of this, they are grown like beans beneath the ground, while the flowers bloom above the ground. When they are ready to be harvested, farmers simple pull on the plant and release the peanuts below.