The boiled peanut.
I wanted to tell you guys all about the non vegetarian stuff I tried while I was in Charleston, but I kind of think this atrocity deserves its very own blog.
The boiled peanut…I’ve heard about since I moved down South about 6 years ago. Call me crazy, but something about a peanut that’s been boiled just doesn’t appeal to me and I’ve never had a desire to try one. But there we were, on our first day in Charleston – sitting at Hyman’s, at the very table where Martha Stewart herself sat and Todd was raving about them so despite their unseemly appearance, I braced myself and tried one.
It tasted about how it looked. Mushy. Clammy. Greyish Brownish. Oh yeah, it tasted greyish brownish.
I did a little research on these things. They came about in the 19th century and were originally referred to as “goober peas”. Wikipedia says the boil can go from four hours to SEVEN hours! Why does 7 hours of boiling anything sound like a good idea? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? In 2006, the governor of South Carolina signed a bill making boiled peanuts the official snack food of South Carolina. (I’m sure there’s a joke to be had here, but I’m keeping my lips sealed…)
Anyway, what can I say…I tried to give these little things a chance. I was hoping they’d be surprisingly delicious but I guess this Vermont bred girl just isn’t cut out for Southern cuisine. Sorry, Todd 😉