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The Sign Along the Roadside Read "Boiled Peanuts"

Updated on December 16, 2011

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.

Boiled Peanuts and beans are in the two pots adjacent to the molasses pans

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      RobertElias Ballard 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Thanks marellen for stopping by and you should give those boiled peanuts a try.

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      marellen 5 years ago

      I pass by this sign that has boiled peanuts for sale and wondered what the heck they would taste like. Maybe next time I will stop and buy some. We don't often see this in California. Thanks for the hub.....

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      RobertElias Ballard 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Thanks Randy, my niece lives in Greenville, SC and has some trees. She has 5 kids so they have been busy.

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Eating boiled peanuts with beer to wash them down with is a tradition here in southern Georgia. I've grown peanuts most of my life and never tire of eating the boiled ones.

      We're picking up buckets of pecans now and I have a whole grocery bag full, already cracked and ready to make cinnamon pecans out of.

      Enjoyed the hub!


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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas


      You know - I had to figure out that "other name" stuff myself!!!!

      Maybe all that should have been obvious....but it weren't like you told me! LOL!


      It's Pee KAHNS down this a way!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Wes, I know I commented under my other name but I couldn't help myself to share that years ago peddlers made the rounds through the hills and hollers here in my part of the world. When an enterprising pecan salesman approached my grandpa he ask him,"Do you want to buy some pecans?" Of course the man had a distinct drawl emphasizing the "pe....cans. My grandpa didn't blink but replied,"No thanks, we have a thunder bucket under the bed."

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Howdy doo there Wes. You lucky rascal. Having all them pecans, a gold mine here in North Carolina this time of year. There is a little box truck from South Carolina that begins parking on the busy corners just before Thanksgiving. My wife bakes a lot and uses the pecan so we always stop to get some for her baking needs. They were pretty expensive this year. Be care and don't mash those picking fangers.

      Hey leroy64, thanks for stopping in to read and I have friends here on hub pages from the great state of Alabama.

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      Brian L. Powell 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      Boiled peanuts are my favorite way of cooking the goobers. My dad grew up in Alabama; and, he introduced us to them early. On vacations, when we saw the signs for boiled peanuts we knew we were in Alabama. Great Hub, and a bookmarked hub.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Thanks ye for the tale Cousin or Uncle Fudd! (I tend to think of you more as an Uncle!)

      You old salt of the Earth fella you!

      Me? I surrounded by pecans. I don't guess peanuts grow in North East Texas...but I'm not sure, just don't know of any.

      I've got pounds of fresh pecans to shell, and even more pounds of last year's pecans to shell, candy up, spice up, or just coat with chocolate!

      Wonder if I'll ever get done - probably it's best if I don't!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks WB for stopping by and you know what,I have a strange craving for a few right now.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Aw Fudd, you uncovered one of my greatest weaknesses...the boiled peanut. They are especially good when freshly-harvest,green,mature peanuts are used. The shell becomes very soft and you can just about eat all of it. The saltier the better, I say! I have found some good road side stands in my day traveling in the southland. They also freeze quite well after they are prepared. Just dig some out of the freezer in the off-season, toss them into some water with a bit of salt and heat them in the microwave...good stuff! I'd like to have some right now! WB