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Oct 21, 2008 12:48 PM

Fresh Peanuts

Okay, I saw them at the greenmarket and couldn't resist (see photo below) in part because I'd never seen how peanuts actually grow. I ended up having a lovely conversation with the farmer. But in all that I forgot to ask what I'm supposed to do with them!

Do I eat them raw? Do I roast them? If so, how? I heard in the South, they boil them? How?

Please help, all you peanut lovers out there! :)

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  1. Make Chinese boiled peanuts.

    Combine the following:
    Chinese five spice powder
    Star anise, whole
    Chinese peppercorn, whole

    Add water and the peanuts, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until peanuts are tender.

    3 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      That sounds so fragrant. Thanks.

      As I said I'm a bit slow on the up-take here, so maybe a dumb question ... I assume I take the peanuts out of the shells?

      1. re: LNG212

        I've had the Chinese variety out of shell but Southern boiled peanuts are boiled in shell with lots of salt (I use Kosher) and cooked until desired bite-I don't like mine too soft. Great with beer!!!

        1. re: LNG212

          No, with shell and skin on.

          The shell imparts a nice aromatic pungeness that you don't normally get if you de-shell.


          (Oh, and let me add that you can reserve the liquid to use as a base when stewing beef or pork, or even to poach chicken)

      2. Another idea is to peel them, and toast them in a pan with a little oil. Add to a salad or asian coleslaw.