When we picked up the Pecans Sherry’s cousin gave us a couple gallons of whole pecans, small size. He also gave us 5 gallons of peanuts.
I love pecans, but the peanut has a big history in my family. The first job daddy had after he and mama were married was that of a share-cropper with a p-nut farmer. One of dad’s best stories was that the man didn’t put much faith in him to grow peanuts on that particular farm, he didn’t care if he was a ‘praying man’, but they would give it a try. Dad said that year he raised a boxcar full of peanuts. Everyone was amazed that he and mama could raise and harvest all those nuts. He had proven himself a young farmer, and a praying man.
As a little shaver when visiting great Grandpa Hilly, Dad’s maternal grandpa, most evenings we would gather around to hear stories by the old folk and eat peanuts parched in the fireplace. There ain’t nothing that makes a bigger ‘looking’ mess than 8-10 people eating parched peanuts and throwing the shells back in the fire. It always looks worse than it is. Grandpa said, the shell scraps help hold the dust down when you are sweeping up.
I like peanuts when they are green just out of the ground, I like them dry and raw. Of course I like them parched, and I like them salted. Growing up at our house, very many days there was the smell of parched peanuts. Oh yeah, and peanut butter.
Son Mark likes peanuts, he always gets a lion’s share when Ralph give us the Georgia peanuts.
I like boiled peanuts, we never had boiled nuts at our house, so I looked on the net for a recipe. You can forget me fixing them. BUT I will now appreciate the guys along the road selling them. The recipe said throw some sea salt in and boil them for 3 hours, if they aren’t to your liking, boil them 3 more hours. WOW!
AS I type this, Sherry is cracking pecans. She has already parched us some peanuts.
(Sherry misread it, thought it was baby butter!)
Thanks for reading this nutty entry.
PS: One thing I never knew about peanuts growing up. I NEVER knew that there are some folk with a serious ‘deadly’ allergy to peanuts. I am glad that is not me.
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