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Boiled Peanuts

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In Georgia, peanut farmers celebrate the harvest with peanut boils. These are large outdoor get-togethers where everybody eats freshly boiled peanuts. Boy, are they good! They have a different taste from the roasted peanuts most of us are used to, so be prepared for a whole new treat!

What You'll Need

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 pounds green peanuts (see Note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot, bring all the ingredients to a boil over high heat.

  2. Cover loosely and continue to boil for 2 hours, or until the peanut hulls open easily when pressed and the peanuts inside are soft.

  3. Drain and serve warm, or transfer to an airtight container and chill until ready to serve.

    Makes 2 pounds.


It used to be that this could only be made when fresh green peanuts were in season. But today many supermarkets sell them frozen. The quantity of salt is up to you, depending on how salty you like these.

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For those new to the taste of the boiled peanut, it taste more like the "pea" than the "nut". Peanuts are actually in the legume family and form under the soil. Dothan, AL is the peanut capital of the world and will hold the 69th annual National Peanut Festival in early November. Just a little peanut trivia to celebrate the harvest.


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