One of Senegal’s main crops is peanuts. They are used to make oil, soap and food in the form of peanut butter, powder or just raw.

Peanuts are also a welcome delicacy that can be found everywhere in the street (roasted, as pralines covered with caramelized sugar or in nougat).

Peanuts are roasted on site. Peanut sellers use a charcoal stove (a malagas stove), on which they place a container with a curved bottom filled with clean and sifted sand. The peanut seller soaks the peanuts in salted water and then buries them in the hot sand. When the peanuts are crisp, she removes them with a skimmer. She sells by the measuring cup (a tuna tin or tea cup).

It is easy for children to buy peanuts as soon as they have a bit of money. This boy seems to be a street urchin. He has no shoes and his clothes are too small but he is protected from all dangers, especially the "evil eye", by a belt of charms (amulets).
Peanut sellers wear a tank top, a "boubou", a head cloth and a woven skirt made of several bands of fabric, each approximately 20 centimetres wide, stitched together.
Musée de la Femme "Henriette Bathily"
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