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A species of legume, Arachis hypogaea, which is high in protein, energy and nutritional value, and rich in niacin, antioxidants, resveratrol and coenzyme Q10.
Peanuts are a very common cause of foreign-body aspirates, and represent about 10% of all symptomatic foreign material retrieved by endoscopy of children.
Peanut allergy is the most common cause of death from food allergy; 150/year die in the US from food allergies.

Peanuts contain oxalates that can crystallise in the form of kidney and gallstones, and should be avoided by those with kidney or gallbladder disease.
Peanuts are susceptible to mould and the frequently occurring presence of aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus.
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An oily herb of the legume family, Arachis hypogaea, whose seeds are consumed for their nutritional value and whose oil, derived from the seeds, is used in cooking.
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As a result of this, Nigerian maize and groundnut have lost international value, as countries reject the crops.
Dominant summer crops include sorghum, millet and groundnut (Beg et al., 1985; Ahmad, 1990).
President KCCI informed that owing to reduced local production and suspension of groundnuts imports, the local price of groundnuts with and without crust have escalated by Rs100 and Rs35 per kilogram respectively.
This is clearly shown in ITFC's huge contribution in financing this deal, given the critical importance of groundnut to the socio-economic situation of the country, the Government of Senegal requested ITFC to cover part of the required funding for this groundnut season," he said.
Most people were poor and had only one or two acres each growing dry land crops like jowar, maize, groundnut, cotton, arhar etc.
PSO Groundnut, Nazakat Nawaz was also given certificate and cash award of Rs.50,000 while scientists Dr.
(2.) Sivrajan V, Laxminarayan CS & Sakthivel V.: use of groundnuts in the preparation of bacteriological media, Indian J Med Sei, 21: 25-26,1967.
Groundnut is one of important essential oil seed crops that plays a significant role in the economy of agricultural crops of different parts of world (Bhatti and Soomro, 1996; Nwokolo, 1996; Wiess, 2000; Narda et al., 2003; FAO, 2006).
The price elasticity of supply for groundnuts is inelastic and approximately 0.16 at mean value, with other factors held constant.
The demand from the foreign countries will be the same as high quality of groundnuts are produced in Saurashtra."
The minister admitted that the year 2010 witnessed a regain in exports of made-filaments, groundnuts and cashew nuts, sayingEeEethat better marketing strategies adoptedEeEeby the Gambia Groundnut Corporation andEeEethe formation of the Gambia Transportation Association helped to increase exports of groundnuts