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Jun 3, 2008 12:32 PM

Green Peanuts in LA

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.

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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Professor Salt

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

      1. re: jimmyhaha

        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

          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

            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

              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.

    2. 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.