Fresh-boiled peanuts have been an addictive, Southern favorite since the Civil War, and this month through November, many roadside stands will offer these treats locally and throughout the South. Cooks start with raw, green peanuts and boil them in salty water over an outdoor fire for hours to generate the fresh legume flavor.
Compared to raw or dry-roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts are noted as being lower in calories and fat, and they have a higher concentration of nutrients that protect your cells from oxidation, making them a healthy addition to your diet.
Bushnell native Dr. Fernando Serra remembers it wasn’t just the cold weather that made him return home to Florida 20 years ago to begin his cosmetic surgery practice following his residency in Columbus, Ohio.
“Seriously! I know it sounds ridiculous, but I really missed boiled peanuts,” he says.