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Jul 22, 2009 06:34 AM

Ontario Roasted Peanuts

Hey CHers

We went to Ceili Cottage last week and noshed on some yummy Ontario peanuts; they were smaller and more tasty than the average grocery store peanut. I had no idea that peanuts are locally grown.

Can anyone recommend where I can find some? Specifically, shelled, salted roasted peanuts?

Thank You!

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  1. You probably had Picard's peanuts -- they are SO good! Here's the store locator on their web site:

    You should try their garlic peanuts, too.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      i love peanuts... thanks for the tip

      They have no stores near me but next time I head out towards Guelph or 401west I'm definitely gonna detour to their "Morriston" location

      1. re: duckdown

        Sovereign Farms (the hot house tomato guys in the North Market at St. Lawrence Market) actually carries the redskin unsalted Picard Peanuts on the side closest to the wall. Soooo good with ice cream! They usually only have a few packages though... Also sell the Chipnuts.

        1. re: Otonabee

          Cool thanks for the tip

          sadly that is somewhere i rarely get to either


    2. I've had both Picard's peanuts and Kernal peanuts, and have found the Kernal peanuts to be way superior in flavour and freshness. They can be purchased at stores in Ontario that specialize in local Ontario products.

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      1. re: Tatai

        Darn, I thought maybe I could order them online because they have a picture of a shopping cart at the top of the screen that would lead you to believe it... but then it just goes to a page saying "Call us".. wonder what it costs for shipping.. i'm not sure where i'd be able to buy something like this in Peel


        1. re: duckdown

          I don't imagine that shipping would cost that much. But you might want to give them a call and ask if their products are distributed somewhere in Peel region. I've bought their peanuts at their farm in Norfolk County, as well as in Toronto and a farm store north of Barrie (although I haven't seen them there this summer).

          They really are the best peanuts I've ever tasted. They're a variety of Valencia called Garroy, which was developed at the University of Guelph. They're red-skinned and very small, with a sweetness and crispness I've not found in any other peanuts. I usually buy really large bags, which I store in the freezer.