- Jan 17, 2021
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- Northern Ontario, Canada
I'd like to give peanuts another try someday. I love peanuts, all legumes really, and made a super scrumptious tofu marinade yesterday with peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Making that with my own peanuts would be lovely, but I don't think I could ever grow a decent crop given their production per square foot.I'm surprised you had trouble with peanuts. I grew them a few years ago with no problem, and I was just using ones I picked up at an ethnic grocery store. My only real complain was that they shrunk a little going throgh the cycle (the ones I got back were ordinary size, but the ones I had planted I had hand selected to be HUGE, like circus peanut size (the marshmallow candy, not the actual peanuts you'd get at the circus.)
I've tried to get the wild peanut (Arachis pintoi) for here as well, but no one seems to have it in a convenient form for me i.e. seeds I can sit on and plant when the time is right, as opposed to pre grown plants that have to go into the ground more or less as soon as I get them (I think I read somewhere that, while A. pintoi will grow quite nicely as a cover crop here in the US, it tends not to flower or set seed, so that may be why.)
And I agree about the not giving up, I assumed rice beans could not flower this far north for five or six years before I lucked into the kind that could. A senna strain that can do it is probably only a matter of time (I'm already close, like with the river hemp, I just need one that matures about 30-45 days earlier...…..)
Something I've read a little about @Pulsegleaner, that you touch on above, is the potential for many crops to be worked with for improved flavor and harvest window. Apparently there are several crops out there which would benefit greatly with some careful selection, Morelle de Balbis comes to mind. I'd love to have a strain of that which matures a bit earlier. I noticed a flower on one of the 4 plants I have out there today.