Taste Test – Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are popular in some places where peanuts are common. Fully mature peanuts do not make good quality boiled peanuts; rather raw, or green ones are used.  After boiling in salt water they take on a strong salty taste, becoming softer with prolonged cooking, and somewhat resembling a pea or bean, to which they are related because they are legumes and not an actual nut. I lived in Florida while going to graduate school and saw these around but had never tried them. We purchased a can from Amazon to give them a go. Alex and I both agreed that they are an acquired taste. We found the texture off putting being mealy and slimy in nature. We also found the flavor somewhat insipid.

Whether directly out of the can or heated up Alex’s reaction is representative of us both