Peanuts are believed to be of South American origin and most probably were first domesticated in the Peruvian valleys where archaeologists have found remains of mani dating back 7600 years. Many pre-Columbian cultures as the Moche depicted peanuts in their art.
Although peanuts are considered to be nuts culinary wise, botanically they belong to the legumes.
Manis are very popular in Peru and common ingredients in the local Creole cuisine. They find their use in sweet and savory dishes alike.