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Revelation of Arachis Hypogaea

DSC_0935cotvJust a few days ago as I was driving towards Kalamata I have noticed a lonely woman picking something from barren looking fields. She was holding a blue nylon bag which looked quite full. She was a lovely site…her movements slow but very graceful. She has not noticed me taking photos of her. Only when I called with greetings she looked at me. I was so curious of knowing what she was gathering.DSC_0937πσοτω

-“Peanuts” she said

(I was startled…hundreds of images and scenarios have passed trough my head…some with fairytale like connotations…but also pragmatic ones… such as like..”where are the trees or bushes at last?”…”are they seeds?”…”where the peanuts dispersed on the fields for some strange reason and she gathers them back now?”)

-“Would you like some?” or rather with a more accurate translation “Can I treat you with some?”

-Before answering I asked her with disbelief…”Do peanuts grow on the ground?”

-“Oh yes!” she said….”and under…!”

(What can I say…it has been a revelation to me!!! I did not know! I thought they grow on trees or some large bushes!Imagine…how is it possible that I have never known and only know I have leart that…Plants are of great interest to me so it was shocking that I have missed on this one….so…  the peanut, also known as the groundnut! or arachis hypogaea is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.  It is classified as both a grain legume and, because of its high oil content, an oil crop. Atypically among crop plants, peanut pods develop underground rather than above ground. It is this characteristic that the botanist Linnaeus used to assign the specific name hypogaea, which means “under the earth.”)

In an act of kindness she asked me again and without taking no for an answer…

-“Να σε φιλέψω;”-“Can I treat you with some?”DSC_0941otv


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