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Boiled Peanuts

Hi there,

On one of my trips to North Carolina someone introduced me to a local speciality "boiled peanuts" ever since I am obsessed with this very simple (cheap) but delicious treat.

In general they are sold in gas stations or in little stand beside the road.


Back in New York I hope that someone knows a place where to find them in the city.
The cans or raw peanuts will help ... but even better a place where you can buy them ready made. Mmmm

I cross my fingers and really hope that someone can help.

Very kind regards


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  1. I have bought them from time to time from street vendors on Lenox or Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem, usually as the weather wrms up, who come up from down South.. Mostly, they're selling truckloads of watermelons, but sometimes they also brings bags of boiled peanuts.

    1. This past year Bialas Farms (greenmarket on Fridays UWS) carried raw peanuts. But I don't know where you can find boiled ones already made.

      1. This is probably no help, but Hunan House in Flushing gave us a complimentary dish of what I am quite sure were boiled peanuts when we at there 2 weeks ago...very tasty. I had never had them before. Sp perhaps you can uncover some in Chinatown..

        1. Yeah I love the chinese version of these...where can you find them in NYC?

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          1. re: kelea

            Hong Kong Supermarket in Flushing had them yesterday. I cant believe that they wouldnt be found in Manhattan in the same type of Chinatown. supermarket.

          2. I never see boiled peanuts for sale but they really are simple to make at home, if you can boil water you can make a boiled peanut.

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            1. re: KTinNYC

              Where do you get the raw peanuts? I see the UWS mentioned above, but have you a source downtown?

              1. re: small h

                Chinatown. Most of the vegetable stands also sell raw peanuts.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  Aha! I didn't know those peanuts were raw. Thanks!

            2. A whole passel of southern specialties from Lee Bros. 1-843-720-8890 http://www.boiledpeanuts.com/
              but specifically http://www.boiledpeanuts.com/boilnutp...

              It's a little pricey, but hey, this is Manhattan.

              I was once in Boston visiting some friends who hail from Dixie and I ordered some--via 1-800-BOIL-NUT which I just called and it is no longer Lee Bros.--to be delivered, and an appropriately colorfully South Carolina-accented gent answered the phone and took my order. When I got to the street address part, he said "are you in Cambridge Mass?" I said, yes, how did you know? and he said "I recognize the street, I went to Harvard." which I guess I'm trying to say was a little unexpected from a boiled nut telemarketer. Today those jobs are probably no longer available to Harvard grads, it's probably somebody in Bangalore who has trained with a South Carolina accent.

              and yes, the Chinese ones are really good too, or the spicy ones anyway.

              1. Thank you for making the effort to reply, for sure I will go and check it out and I will share with you if I spot a street vendor who makes them fresh.

                thanks again have a nice day.