Untreated organic jungle peanuts from Ecuador
Peanuts are a sub-family of the Papilionaceae family, which in turn belong to the legume family. When the flower of the jungle peanut wilts, the stems droop towards the ground. The stem and seeds thus become buried in the earth and start to grow - the peanuts can be dug up and harvested 125 - 155 days later.
Jungle peanuts were first discovered in Central America, but are found as far south as Paraguay and Uruguay. They are annual plants and grow up to half a meter in height.
Because of their fiber content, jungle peanuts are considered to help support a healthy digestive system. 30 grams of nuts contain the same amount of protein (up to 25%) as a glass of milk. Furthermore, jungle peanuts are an excellent source of essential minerals and trace elements such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, zinc, iron, calcium, copper, selenium, manganese. Jungle peanuts also contain vitamin B3, important for nervous system function.