Peanut Harvest Time and Taste

Research on peanuts shows timing of the harvest can determine how they taste.

Researchers launched a three-year study to determine the optimal maturity dates for five new peanut varieties.

Experts are equipped to detect 32 taste descriptions of peanuts, including sweet, bitter, sour, paint, woody and cardboard.

The optimum taste is peanutty.

Harvesting at an immature state introduces off flavors.

Harvesting late seems to have little impact on peanut quality. However, experts say it costs growers money in reduced yields.