American Groundnuts

(Apios americana)
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American Groundnut (Apios americana)

OUR WORK

Working with Dr. Blackmon’s 43 improved cultivars from LSU breeding program.

Madagascan Bambara Groundnuts are bushing up nicely.

#vignasubterranea #bambarabeans #bambaragroundnut
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Some great culture and history from @comfortfarms on the Bambara Groundnuts. We're growing six varieties this year and look forward to sharing notes with other farmers.

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I am the proud recipient of Vigna Subterranea Aka Bambara Groundnut, Congo Goober, Earth Pea, Ground bean or Hog Nut. The Bambara People from West Africa have been growing this indigenous crop for a very long time. In fact the name Bambara means unbeliever or infidel because they refused to accept Islam. I can only imagine the history tied up into these seeds for the Bambara people to exist in a world that was brutal during there cultural development. Today I carry on the legacy of those ancestors who were obstinate in their resolve to be a free people. I admire those qualities. In addition... The Bambara Nut is a great soil builder needing very little to give back to the earth as it will enrich the soil full of nitrogen in our beds that have been depleted of its nutrients. I'm currently participating in some Collard Greens Trials and the Bambara Nut will be the prelude to some of the rare and special Collards I will be growing on Comfort Farms. Once grown... We plan to use them as they have been used for centuries by the Bambara People... With soups and stews and roasted as a snack. Besides saving and showcasing a piece of ancient history. The Bambara Nut is rich in nutritional value with up to 25% protein, 65% carbs 5+% minerals. It is considered a complete food for optimal health and nutrition and is severely under utilized. I believe the Bambara nut can be used the same way we use purple hull peas and all the other cow peas that come from West Africa. In the right hands it could be part of our southern food ways culture. Can't wait to share the journey of these amazing seeds with my community.
#westafrica #southerfood #ancientfood #bambaranut #completefood #optimalnutrition #seedstories #seedsavers
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The Bambara Groundnuts were getting all excited about moving to the #experimemtalfarm at @frannysfarm but then they checked the long term forecast and decided to stay inside a little longer... #bambaragroundnut #experimentalroots #temperatechallenges #donttrustmay #waitingformothersday ...

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Bambara Groundnuts have sprouted and I love their finger like cotyledons reaching for the light. Interesting to see brownish/red and green on the different varieties.
Our Madagascar variety didn't make it. The seeds seemed to rot within days and we may have had those ones too hot... I've shared that variety with a few people and hope they have success.
#bambaragroundnut #vignasubterranea
@chefbjdennis
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We've sown a lot of exciting seeds over the last few weeks and will be publishing a weekly garden journal for people who want a little more info beyond the Instagram shot!
There is a link in our profile that will take you to our first entry covering Moringa, Bambara Groundnuts and Toor Dal aka Gandules.
#gandules #moringa #toordal #pigeonpea #bambaragroundnut #seedsequalfood
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Finally got the bambara groundnuts planted. These are Vigna subterranea, which puts them in the same genus as southern peas, but they form seeds underground in the same way as peanuts. A native of West Africa requiring a long hot season, we are excited to see how it does in WNC.
The picture shows six varieties from the USDA GRIN and a 7th from @nctomatoman, which came from Madagascar.

#bambaragroundnut #legumes #vignasubterranea
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One of 43 varieties of groundnut! 3 tubers of each variety planted today. 129 holes filled with the potential for something awesome @frannysfarm

#groundnuts #apios #croptrials #diversity
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This is what 43 cultivars of groundnut (Apios americana) look like. I'm planting 3-4 tubers of each. Big thanks to Dr. Blackmon for maintaining and now donating his collection of improved cultivars.
#croptrials #experimentalroots #groundnuts #apios
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