Peanuts are believed to be of South American origin. The cultivated peanut was most probably first domesticated in the Peruvian valleys where archaeologists have found rests of mani and dated them to about 7600 years.
Many pre-Columbian cultures as the Moche depicted peanuts in their art. Although peanuts are considered being 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.