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Travel around the world with us to discover globally-inspired dishes featuring peanuts. See how peanuts are celebrated around the world and how peanut traditions vary from culture to culture.

Sip Peanut Cocktails in Brazil...

The peanut has deep roots in South America. In fact, the ancient ancestors of the modern-day peanut were recently traced back to the areas of Bolivia and Peru. Peanuts have been a familiar part of the diets of people living in these areas for centuries, from traditional complex mole sauces to empanadas filled with peanuts and potatoes. The love of peanuts continues today and you can see it on grocery store shelves too.

Why Kimchi Fried Rice on a Southern Menu Makes Total Sense

When you imagine a classic menu in the American South, what comes to mind? Fried chicken, pork BBQ, mac and cheese and collards, for sure. Kimchi fried rice might take you by surprise then at Chef Lee Gregory’s restaurant The Roosevelt in Richmond, Virginia. But Chef Lee says this dish makes perfect sense for a Southern menu. 

“I Never Looked Back”: Chef Alex Ong

When I first started my career as a kitchen apprentice, I was attracted to the kitchen brigade in the Western kitchen. Eventually I was recruited to an area where there very few restaurants  with authentic Asian food. That was the turning point in my life when I decided to start figuring out how to cook food from home. And I never looked back.

International Flavor Trends: Southeast Asia

Tasty international foods and flavors continue to be popular and now we see an increase of international restaurants, cookbooks, and ingredients sold in supermarkets. Peanuts are an essential ingredient in the Southeast Asian pantry. They are mainly used for oils, sauces and to give crunch and flavor to salads and stir-fries. 

Global Peanut Snacks

Peanuts are a part of cuisines across the world and are often prepared in exciting ways. 

Peanuts and Airlines

There is nothing better than hearing your stewardess offer you an ice cold drink and a pack of peanuts after the hustle and bustle of security check-in.

Diners Expand their Palates for Mexican Cuisine

Move over hum-drum tacos. Americans’ ideas of Mexican food are becoming more nuanced as chefs and product developers bring new-to-you Mexican flavors to adventurous American diners. 

International Flavor Trends: Africa

In many parts of Africa, peanuts are usually known as groundnuts because the nut pods grow underground. Peanuts play an important nutritional role in many parts of Africa, since they have good fats and contain 7 grams of protein which helps combat child malnutrition.  They grow well in semi-arid regions and are a staple food as well as a revenue source for farmers. Although native to South America, the Portuguese introduced peanuts into their African enclaves, where they quickly spread throughout tropical Africa.
 

Peanuts in Kenya: My insights

Kenya is located in East Africa near the Equator. As a native of Nairobi, Kenya, I have lived in the U.S. for over 14 years and grew up eating red runner peanuts over there and still enjoy them now. Traditional Kenyan foods reflect the many different lifestyles of the various groups in the country. These dishes are easy to make and quite nutritious which forms the foundation of Kenyan cuisine.
    

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