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Despite popular belief, the peanut did not originate from Africa. The peanut is native to South America. However, due to the fact it was easy to cultivate, more productive, and was high in calories, fat, and protein, the plant was brought to the African continent by the colonists. While not indigenous, the crop quickly replaced Bambara groundnut as a food staple.
It was the enslaved Africans that popularized peanuts in North America and introducing peanut soup to Colonial American. The African word for peanut is nguba, which was reinterpreted in the South Eastern U.S. as “Goober.” George Washington Carver, the agricultural chemist, developed dozens of uses for the peanut as well as published a cookbook in 1925.
This soup is a celebration of the peanut and its storied history.
Time to Cook: 30 min.
Cook by Day: Monday
Items included (serves 2)