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Karrie, why did you think to ask this in Texas. I spent the first 29 years in Texas and never saw a peanut grown there. They are major crops in Virginia and North Carolina. The pecan is (I think) the state tree of Texas.
Peanuts grow under the ground and are boiled while still green in the shell as a protien packed snack in the South. They taste like pinto beans sorta. They are ligumes I think.
If you go to DC, stop by a North Carolina Congressmans office for a tasty sample of salted peanuts.
I actually lost a bet about a field of peanuts the first summer I lived in North Carolina and worked on a pipeline.
Many a smile was gleaned from that.
They grow peanuts down in Texas. The reason I know this, is because my grandmother recently sent me a peanut brittle recipe from there, and it came from a peanut grower down in Texas - it was on their newsletter. I wasn't sure what other states grew them, and wasn't sure what forum to choose for this question - but hey - I got my answer! Thanks!
Well - if you look at all the forums to choose from, there is no "Florida Forum", or "Kentucky Forum", etc... and I knew it was a "southern" plant, so I figured someone would see it there that could answer my question, lol! YEP - Texas is HUGE - may as well be it's own country, lol! I guess that's why it warrants it's own forum! But obviously we don't have to be from there to post, thank goodness!
There are quite a few peanut farms around Stephenville. My brother actually lived on property owned by a peanut farmer and his house backed up to a field of peanuts. The ground was red clay and those peanuts were very, very tasty!
I grew peanuts one summer in IA. I thought the kids would get a kick out of them. They did and one even got extra credit in science for bringing in a plant with the peanuts hanging on the roots. Not a common sight in IA. :)
There are lots of peanut farms south of San Antonio. They grow well in the sandy soil. That is all I know about them. It would be fun to grow them, but don't know if they would do well in my concrete clay. Margie, aka Queeen of Dirtland, loudigger
I picked cotton around Needville 55-58 years ago.
At that time i knew some Bergman's (I think that's how to spell it)
Some where in the last 15-20 years I purchased lots of corn from tha field there, for my produce business,
Seems like the name might have been Smith_smidth, can't really remember.
Being 70 in Febuary one thing becomes clear!
[Old Timers has set in] LOL; but its true.
Many of our customers are from Fl and Ga.
The person I learned to boil peanuts from jus used a pot with a lid.
It took them almost 8 hours to do a batch.
We use a [pressure cooker] and do a peck at time.
One hour after presure comes up, then check for water and salt.
After tha 2nd hour, of cooking under pressure we just turn it off.
Get to them when we can.
Use a crock-pot, 5 - 6 hours. These are green when we get them, so on the stove, at full boil, then simmer about 1 - 2 hours is fine. Sometimes a drop or two of Wrights liquid smoke is also added.
I am native to Panhandle of Texas. Papa probably grew some red skins, and I just didn't care for spanish peanuts. Papa's family were the first white settlers in Hale County and he devined water with willow branch in those parts. My time with him was way too short, as he died at 78 years when I was twelve. My mother was his youngest daughter. He called her and me "kid".
Never tried the smoke, (yet) have used different peppers and seasoning.
Chili power works well, and again various hot peppers.
Most customers want plain ole boiled!
Hot or Cold run about tha same per sale. When we have time, we cook ahead and freeze them.
We bag them to freeze. Some of our customers request them frozen when they are traveling. Gotta take some to___!