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May 20, 2014 04:31 PM

Boiled Peanuts

I am craving some boiled peanuts. last summer I had some cajun boiled peanuts in outerbanks, NC. They were fantastic.

Is there anywhere around DC where I can get boiled peanuts?

Any help would be appreciated


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  1. fellow boiled peanut lover here.

    my response may not make you happy, however.

    despite being a peanut producing state, boiled peanuts are not a virginia phenomenon. in fact. traveling down 95, it was not until we were well into south carolina that we found boiled peanuts (south of charleston, in fact). western north carolina (maybe 'cause they're touristy with summer retreats and cherokee tribal areas) does have some, but all this is by way of lamenting the scarcity of any in this area -- and even south of here.

    if you are desperate, you can make some yourself by going to the asian markets and buying raw green peanuts. they're not in season till august really, but…you may find some from last year (not so green, but still raw in the shell). as you may know, this is a long procedure to get them done. a good six hours -- and that's when they're green. who knows for older nuts sitting around?

    otherwise, you have to rely on the peanut patch pouches, or ordering from a supplier you like. i know they have cans of the peanut patch boiled peanuts at the harris teeter store on harrison street -- and probably others. here is the product locator for peanut patch products. be sure to check for the various sizes, starting with the smallest (which is most likely to be in a close-by store).

    the best boiled peanuts i've had were from a place near tampa, florida, where my cousin brought some to me. the name is HAWK'S.
    they were big, which is important. they ship, but i've not ordered them.

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    1. re: alkapal

      The Boiled Peanut Map is an odd phenomenon that I have worked on for almost 50 years. The "peanut belt" extends (roughly) from Vidalia Louisiana on the West (although one sees them in Texas) and proceeds east, widening as though making a carrot lying on its side. It shoots little tendrils up and down along its way through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Somewhere in one (or more) of those states is a town where the people on the north side of Main Street LOVE boiled peanuts and the people thirty feet away, on the south side, think they are horrible. I have known only two people who are ambivalent about them. (All this excludes the Asian communities which were not in abundance when I started this, except in the MIssissippi Delta.)

      1. re: hazelhurst

        i love your map idea, hazelhurst! it is an odd thing, isn't it?!

        ps, i had never heard of vidalia, lousiana. i thought it was an area in georgia…. from wiki: "",..." --> ""Vidalia was founded by Don Jose Vidal, when the territory was under Spanish rule, before the United States acquired it in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The great Sandbar duel, featuring Jim Bowie, is one of the stories still told by local residents."""

        wonder if vidalia, georgia has the same name origin? wiki doesn't say, but does have this tidbit: ""Vidalia is best known for its "sweet" onions. The Vidalia onion was first produced about 1931 when a farmer …Coleman discovered that the onions he produced were sweeter than other onions. Other farmers started producing the same onion, and in the 1940s the Vidalia onion became an item sold to tourists.

        Vidalia onion growers have protected their brand, and today all onions labelled Vidalia must be grown in one of thirteen different counties in Georgia or in specific portions of seven other counties."

        1. re: alkapal

          Yup,the onions are a separate topic, though. You can get a good fight going on that.

          I meant, and failed, to specify I was describing a BOILED peanut belt as looking carrot like. There are lots of peanuts grown all along there but folks don;t boil them. The area around Jimmy Carter's farm wouldn;t have anything to do with them thirty years ago. Don't know about today. Absolutely no one in Virginia ate them when I lived there briefly in the late 1960s. My father used to drive around looking for a farmer to sell him sack of green ones. It was a lot easier when we were in Louisiana because we cold run to Mississippi in August and get them. (No one ate them in Louisiana either. I was surprised to see them in St Francisville, above Baton Rouge, in the early 80s. Also about that time came the so-called "cajun" boiled peanut but that is a relatively recent phenomenon and is seen as an amusing anomaly by the purists.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        aren't the chinese ones boiled with star anise, or five-spice, though?

        1. re: alkapal

          In my experience the Laotian ones always have star anise and some other Asian efforts have included that. There might be other cultures that do them but SE Asia and the American South are the only ones I know of where boiled peanuts are a regular item. I did notice, though, that several visiting Russians took to them right away, which is odd since in my experience most adults who did not grow up with them HATE them.

          1. re: alkapal

            OP wanted "boiled peanuts".

            Didn't assume OP was looking for only non-Asian varieties.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              i did. he last had CAJUN boiled peanuts at outerbanks, NC. res ipsa loquitur.

        2. According to Tom Seitsema's chat, Macon has boiled peanuts (but I don't see it on their website).

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            In D.C......that's remarkable.

            I am suspicious of a year-round product although they do freeze rather well.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              this is a new restaurant in the area. not too many "southern" place around here, though.

            2. re: Worldwide Diner

              i read that and went to the eater dc article, where i THOUGHT i had read it. then i looked at the macon menu and it is not listed.

              frozen boiled peanuts are fine, as long as they were frozen properly. in fact, it is better to freeze some of your cooked batch than to leave it all in the fridge once cooked. take out small batches and let them warm up in a pot or in the micro,