While the peanut is generally considered to be a "nut", it's really a legume - like peas and beans. For those going for extra credit on the quiz later, it is the seed of Arachis hypogaea L., an annual herbaceous vine of the pea family (Leguminosae). However, we say if it looks like a nut and tastes like a nut, then -- well you know the rest.
Indigenous to South America, peanuts made a slow march north and didn't really catch on with the populace until (and we're not making this up) P.T. Barnum introduced them as a snack at his circus. By the end of the century, peanuts were being snacked on at ball games, circuses, and in the cheap seats of theatre balconies, which became known as "peanut galleries."
There are three main types of peanuts grown in the United States: Virginias and Runners, which have red skins; and Spanish, with tan skins. BEER NUTS Brand Snacks select only the finest varieties of Runners and Virginia nuts for our products.