Organic Wild Raw Jungle Peanuts
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Our organic wild raw jungle peanuts arachis hypogaea are shade-grown in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Because they're grown in their natural environment instead of on large-scale mono-crop farms, wild jungle peanuts also naturally free of aflatoxin (a fungus that's a known irritant and allergen).
Jungle peanuts are good source of copper, a mineral that helps maintain our bone health, immune function, and blood vessels. Some research suggests that getting enough copper in your diet may reduce your risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.
One of the main fats in peanuts is oleic acid. When substituted for other fats in your diet, oleic acid is shown to help maintain good cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Managing these levels in your body can lower the risk of heart disease.
This product is sold exclusively as wholesale and will not be stocked for retail. Peanuts allergies being the most common food allergy, we must maintain the most strict standards to avoid cross contamination.
What is the difference between jungle peanuts and regular peanuts?
- The difference between them is that the wild jungle peanut is an heirloom variety native to South America. This is where the crop originated, as the British "discovered" it in Brazil during expeditions a few centuries ago. Its history as a food dates back some 3,500 years, based on ancient pottery found in present day Peru and Brazil which were made in the shape of this legume.
- In the early 1800’s, farmers in the southeast United States began growing them. Generations of cultivation would lead to what today you would call a regular peanut – very uniform in appearance and taste. On the other hand, jungle varieties have had limited cultivation. They remain truer to how the original wild plant actually was, before industrial farming.
- Where jungle peanuts come from is often times the Achuar people. They are a community of around 18,500 people who up until the 1970’s, remained largely isolated from the rest of the world. Their region really is in the jungle along the Amazon, with around 15,000 on the Ecuadorian side and 3,500 on the Peruvian side. So yes, calling them wild is an appropriate label. The history of the jungle peanut as food outside of those native countries is a very new phenomenon.
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