"Bowled" peanuts

While driving down small country roads towards the coast from Atlanta, boiled peanut signs pop up every hour or so. Typically sold at small vegetable stands, boiled peanuts are scooped out of a scalding pot of salty water into a large cup. Out of all the southern foods I came to appreciate after my family moved south in my 4th grade year, boiled peanuts sit closest to my heart. “Bowled” peanuts, as they are authentically pronounced, mean road trip, special occasion and vacation to me. If I see a sign, I have to stop. No longer living in the south and missing my peanuts, I tried to make them at home last week after finding some green nuts at a farmers’ market here in Santa Monica. They proved incredibly easy, and my husband, who grew up north of the mason dixon line, was kind enough to save me a couple…

Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts can be cooked until they are very soft or al dente with the integrity of the peanut still present. I like them somewhere in the middle. Peanuts can be eaten hot, room temperature or cooled in the fridge.

raw green peanuts, as many as you’d like
filtered water, to cover
sea salt, enough to make the water taste like the sea – approx 1 cup per gallon of water

Rinse peanuts with shells on until water runs clear. Put peanuts in a heavy bottomed pot with water and salt. Stir and let stand for 30 minutes. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium. Cook covered for 4 to 7 hours. Taste after 4 hours. Don’t eat the shells. Just crack them open and eat the peanuts. Peanuts should be salty and soft. Cook until the peanuts have reached the desired texture.

Enjoy a southern tradition!

xo – Organic Spark


  • celeste

    I used to eat those all the time in Tallahassee – def a road trip snack! Thanks for the memories!

    November 6, 2008
  • Megan Schrecengost

    My student,Rudy, is my blogger in my class for our weekly newsletter. Today he asked me if it was ok for him to start writing down a list of ideas for future blogs, because he had them in his head. I showed him your blog and told him that you have lots of ideas that you’ve collected for future use. He thought that was pretty cool.

    January 22, 2009
  • Rebecca

    Love me some bowled peanuts and love your blog! I just discovered it about and hour ago and have not been able to look away! (I’m from Atlanta too… well, Decatur!) Quite envious of the farming adventure you’ve embarked upon as of now!! Can’t wait to read more!

    November 21, 2011

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