What can I say about goobers? That they're not a nut? The shells are too soft for them to qualify. Hardly any plant is more well known. And it's hardly a surprise that they've escaped to the wild in tropical and subtropical climates. Here they have been reported from AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MO, MS, NC, NJ, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WV. Matthaei Gardens, UM, 7/9/16. Bean family, Fabaceae.