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The Southern Road: How To Eat A Boiled Peanut
I first encountered them in a gas station between Birmingham and Montgomery, and dipped up a cupful to try in private. I wound up with a mouthful of hull, which I spit out, and peanut, which I liked. But until I got to Georgiana, Alabama, I didn't know I was doing it wrong.
I spotted the signs first: "boiled green peanuts." Then I spotted The Peanut Hut. Venturing inside, I was offered a sample of boiled green peanuts - green, because they've just come out of the ground, where other boiled peanuts are made from dried peanuts. Green, I was assured, are superior.
I also received instructions. You don't bite a peanut in the middle, and peel it, as I was doing. You take a peanut, and place it horizontally between your top front and bottom teeth. Give it a gentle bite. The hull ought to break open the long way, in two, revealing the peanuts inside.
Here's a recipe for boiled peanuts and a little more history. They are an acquired taste. But now you know the right way to eat them.