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Green Peanuts in LA

jimmyhaha Jun 3, 2008 12:32 PM

I'm a transplanted southerner looking to cook up boiled peanuts, and I need green, non-dried ones to do so. Any good spots to find them? I've had no luck at Farmer's Markets so far.

  1. DanaB Jun 3, 2008 02:07 PM

    I don't know if it's a regular thing, but when I was at Nook Bistro in West LA last year around this time, they served boiled peanuts as a complimentary appetizer. Maybe they can tide you over until the peanut season in the autumn.


    1. Professor Salt Jun 3, 2008 12:45 PM

      Green, non dried peanuts are out of season right now. They're pretty easy to find at most farmer's markets from September through December ish.

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      1. re: Professor Salt
        jimmyhaha Jun 3, 2008 12:49 PM

        That's interesting. In Carolina, the "new crop" season usually starts in May and runs through about July or so. Odd.

        1. re: jimmyhaha
          Professor Salt Jun 3, 2008 01:43 PM

          Around here, they're available in the late autumn.

          The farmers of SE Asian extraction seem to grow them. I look to the Hmong, Cambodian, Viet-Chinese farmers' booths. You can also look in supermarkets that cater to the SE Asian market.

          Did a writeup on my blog of the ones I found at UC Irvine farmers market. Check the link to the LA Times' list of farmers market in the L.A. area:

          1. re: Professor Salt
            jimmyhaha Jun 3, 2008 02:04 PM

            That explains it. I've been looking at the wrong time of the year every time I've checked. Thanks for the tips, and I'll check out your blog.

            1. re: jimmyhaha
              Red4Mit Jun 3, 2008 02:15 PM

              I'm a transplanted Southerner, also. You can find raw peanuts in the bag at Albertson's year-round, and it works just fine and tastes the same!

              1. re: Red4Mit
                Das Ubergeek Jun 3, 2008 05:56 PM

                Agree. Or go to any farmers' market and buy raw peanuts. You'll need to boil them uncovered in water to double for at least four hours.

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