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The Sign Along the Roadside Read "Boiled Peanuts"
I don't know too many folk who don't like peanuts and these little nuts have always been a favorite of mine. My dad liked peanuts and when we were little he would occasionally buy peanuts when he went to the local A&P Grocery chain in our town. The peanuts he bought were the kind that had not been roasted but were mature nuts suitable for roasting. I can't recall us ever roasting any of these great little "goobers" as my daddy called them but I do remember eating them by the hand fulls and those bags of nuts didn't last too long around our house.
If you live in our part of the world, Western North Carolina or Upstate South Carolina, as you drive along roadways you will often see roadside produce stands and signs that read,"Boiled Peanuts." The signs always caught my attention but for some reason I never stopped just to purchase a bag of boiled peanuts. It wasn't until this fall when I went to Transylvania County to my friend Lyle Reedy's Cane-Fest that I actually ate my first boiled peanuts. Lyle grows sorghum cane and each year with a few neighbors and friends makes molasses.
Lyle's operation is small but he incorporates the molasses making with an old time music jam and that is the main reason I went, to pick and grin with some of the areas musicians. This year due to a death in the family, the music jam didn't happen but I enjoyed watching as he made the molasses and captured the process on my digital camera. I have always liked molasses and those in my heritage made molasses yearly.
Lyle also grows a small field of peanuts and each year right along side his molasses pans which he heats with propane, he has two huge pots. In one pot are the dried beans he cooks with his own special recipe and become the main part of the meal at Cane-fest for those who attend the all day event and in the other pot are the boiled peanuts he grows each year.
I didn't know anything about boiling peanuts but Lyle informed me, the peanuts are mature but not dried and it takes about six to eight hours to boil them. When complete, the peanuts are soft and salty. Salt may be added to the water but the peanuts will have a salty taste even if no salt is added. I got myself a bag of those boiled peanuts and enjoyed eating them on our drive back home.
From what I have read most of us will consume about six pounds of peanuts in a years time. I suppose unless one has an allergy that prohibits eating, for the most part, peanuts are healthy and have no cholesterol to clog our blood veins. For most of us our peanuts are the Planters dry roasted but if you happen to see a sign along the roadside that reads,"Boiled peanuts" stop and get you a bag. Maybe you are like me and may have never tried peanuts that have been boiled you may find them to your liking.