It is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers.In India peanuts are cultivated over an around acreage of 31 million hectares. Indian peanuts are consumed in over 50 countries. Indian peanuts are the only source that are available all round the year. Crops are planted in two cycles and harvested in March and October. Peanuts are rich in essential nutrients. Peanuts provide excellent source of several B vitamins, vitamin E, several dietary minerals, such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, and dietary fiber. They also contain protein in higher proportion than in many tree nuts.
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