Welcome to my new installment of things unique to the South – “It’s A Southern Thang!”.
I am the by-product of a Texan father and a Japanese mother. I was an Army brat, and we lived all over the world before finally settling down here in Georgia. I was in junior high when we moved here, so it has pretty much been home for me.
From my Dad I learned “Y’all”, “fixin’ to”, and a deep seated love for Johnny Cash (before “Walk The Line”). I would be remiss not to mention that I was able to learn to speak Japanese fluently thanks to my Dad and his extended duty stays in Japan.
So when we ultimately ended up in the South, I was already familiar with the vernacular. Having lived here most of my life, I realize now that there are things that are synonymous with Southern living. Things we Southerners take for granted as part of our day to day living. Like being able to bury our dead 12 months out of the year. I was shocked to learn that people in Maine have a “season” when they can conduct funerals/burials due to the horrid winters/frozen ground. I’ve never even thought of that!
I thought it would be interesting to share with you those very things that embody life in the South. My fellow Southerners will enjoy these posts as well, as we love all things pertaining to our culture.
My first entry – BOILED PEANUTS!!! If you’re not Southern, you either LOVE them or HATE them.
There is a guy who sells boiled peanuts and fresh produce at a roadside stand near our neighborhood. I stopped and got some boiled peanuts and tomatoes the other day, and got the inspiration to do this Southern post.
Peanuts are one of the major crops grown in Georgia. When they are initially harvested from the ground, they are “green” peanuts. “Green” meaning they are basically raw, before the drying/dehydrating process that yields roasted/cocktail/peanut butter products.
The green peanuts are boiled in VERY salty water for several hours. The shells become soft, and the peanuts themselves very tender. My guy sieves out the peanuts from his big pot, plops them into a huge styrofoam cup, puts the cup in a small paper bag, and tops the cup off.
The peanuts are nice and hot. You take a peanut, crack it between your teeth, suck the salty water out, open the shell, and eat the inside. I think it’s kind of like eating edamame. Same texture, but with a nutty flavor.
Soooo yummy! All that’s left after indulging in the deliciousness of boiled peanuts (besides happiness in your tummy)….
ps – I guarantee the Honey Boo-Boo family loves boiled peanuts!!! Ooooh, my next inspiration for “It’s A Southern Thang!”…..
Thanks for reading!!! kxoxo