Food

Gwen Fowler

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

A Taste of South Carolina: Peanut Patch boiled or fried peanuts

Posted 6/8/2012 6:32:00 PM

If you sometimes crave a salty boiled peanut when green peanuts aren’t in season, you should try Peanut Patch boiled peanuts.

Yes, I know what purists many of us are about our boiled peanuts and that there might be a bit of attitude about eating boiled peanuts from a can. But really, why shouldn’t they be delicious if they’re boiled just after they’re pulled from the ground and then canned immediately?

That’s how the Peanut Patch folks say they do it, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good they are.

The boiled peanuts come in three size cans: 13.5-ounce, 27-ounce and the gigantic 6 pound can. They also come in regular and Cajun flavors. They’re available in grocery stores all over the state.

You’ll also find Peanut Patch boiled peanuts in convenience stores.

Peanut Patch also recently began making two versions of fried peanuts. One is the original salt flavor, and the other is the Cajun flavor. Both are nice and crunchy. I didn’t get a strong taste of Cajun seasonings, but I didn’t crunch on the shells either, which is supposed to be OK with fried peanuts.

The Peanut Patch brand is part of Margaret Holmes foods, a company in Effingham that cans and distribute vegetables grown on McCall Farms and surrounding farms.