Ate at a restaurant owned by a Taiwanese friend. They started as a tiny shop, gradually took up more space, and are now pretty busy every day and a bit famous. I moved in across the street from them 25 years ago when I was new to Japan, and it’s nice to see they’ve done so well. Out host brought over some “black peanuts” from Taiwan. Purplish black on the skin, yet light on the outside. The nuts themselves look pretty standard, once the skin is off. Still, most of us aren’t used to seeing purple peanuts.

According to one person selling these peanuts, they have various advantages over a usual peanut, including: 30% less fat, 100% more selenium, 24% more arginine and 50% more zinc. And they are good for your blood pressure levels and cholesterol, as well as your immune system. Or so they say…

Black peanut, purple peanut