Peanut Farming January 05, 2018
Peanut Harvest and Storage
Dig out the entire plant with a spading fork.
- You should harvest the peanuts before the first frost of fall occurs, since peanuts at this stage are still sensitive to frost attacks.
- The plant will turn yellow and begin to wilt when it is ready to be harvested.
- Gently dig up the entire plant with your gardening fork, lifting it up from beneath the roots. Shake off most of the soil clinging to the roots.
- A healthy plant will usually yield about 30 to 50 peanuts.
Dry the plant out.
- Hang the plant indoors in a dry location for about a month.
- For the first one to two weeks, let the peanuts cure on the plant as they are in a warm, dry spot.
- For the remaining two weeks or so, pull the nuts off and let them dry in the same warm, dry spot.
Roast or store the plants as desired.
- You can enjoy the peanuts raw or roasted, or you can save them for later.
- To roast peanuts, bake them in an oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes.
- To store peanuts, leave them in their shells and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 6 months.
- If you cannot refrigerate your peanuts, they can stay good for 3 months in a dry, dark storage area.
- Peanuts can also be frozen for a year or longer.