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Peanuts a tasty symbol of longevity

THINGS are getting nutty around here. Peanuty to be exact.

Peanuts are an auspicious symbol of longevity in Chinese culture and with Spring Festival around the corner, any celebration of the New Year will be incomplete without peanuts.

The peanut can be in shells, or blanched, or roasted in the shell with or without salt. They can also be coated with other flavors. Any of the above snacks are traditionally served at family reunions during the Spring Festival.

Peanuts are also widely recognized as a good companion with beer. A decent pint and a bag of peanuts can make for a party in your mouth.

Since peanuts are highly perishable in all forms, they should be kept in tightly sealed containers away from moisture and heat. They should be consumed in a short period of time.

Bazaar by Lotus at Xintiandi

? Baiweilin Salted and Roasted Peanuts

Price: 5.9 yuan/120g

Origin: China

Description: Featuring a secret ingredient, these are nutritious and taste great. Just one bite and the lingering aftertaste will definitely make you want more. These are more suitable for children and seniors. It is also an ideal snack to treat friends at home or send as a gift. To many, it is a must for outings and picnics. Baiweilin also makes peanuts with a spicy coating.

? Koushuiwa Peanuts

Price: 4.2 yuan/80g

Origin: Suzhou

Description: Koushuiwa sources its peanuts from the mountains in northwest China, which guarantees a natural taste. With a unique processing technique, it is one of the best snacks for people when they miss a meal, stay out late at night or on outings or flights. Peanuts are good for people who suffer malnutrition and digestion problems. But Koushuiwa recommends that people with gout, gastric ulcers or diabetes avoid peanuts.

ParknShop at Westgate Mall

? A'ming Peanut Kernels with Laver

Price: 5 yuan/108g

Origin: Shanghai

Description: Delicious and crunchy, A'ming peanuts are popular among both the young and old.

They contain carbohydrates, vitamins, lecithin and more than 20 trace elements that are good for you. In traditional Chinese medicine, peanuts help ease symptoms from kidney inflammation, excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity and lack of breast milk. Those with hyperlipemia should avoid peanuts.

? A'ming Salted and Roasted Peanut Kernels

Price: 5 yuan/135g

Origin: Sichuan Province

Description: These roasted peanuts are nice and crunchy. Peanuts are best in autumn and winter as this is the high season for cardiovascular diseases. An appropriate quantity of peanuts can be good for you.

? Ten Wow Salted Peanut

Price: 12.5 yuan/280g

Origin: Henan Province

Description: These peanuts are mixed with aniseed, cinnamon and cumin. With a special processing technique, these salted peanuts are crisp and taste good. This snack is a healthy alternative to junk food.


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