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Boiled Peanut History


In late August, when the peanut crops would come in, unsold and surplus peanuts would be prepared in a boiling, and extended families and neighbors would gather to share conversation and food. Like a fish fry, peanut boils have been organizing principles for social gatherings. Like okra, black-eyed peas, collard greens and pork barbecue, boiled peanuts are symbols of southern culture and cuisine.

International appreciation

  • In the Philippines, boiled peanuts are eaten as street food.
  • In the United States, boiled peanuts are popular in the southeast. Often, they are sold in season in roadside concession stands, produce stands, at festivals, ball games and in grocery and convenience stores.
  • In China boiled peanuts accompany beer in the summertime.
  • In Australia, especially Queensland, many consider them the State's unofficial snackfood.


On May 1, 2006, Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill, H.4585, making boiled peanuts the official snack food of South Carolina.

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