Boiled Peanuts – A Good For You Southern Tradition

11 November, 2007 (10:11)

RECIPES: How to Boil Peanuts in the Shell, Boiled Shelled Peanuts, Peanut Parmesan Popcorn

By Rae Udy

Boiling peanuts has been a cultural practice in southern states since the 19th century, where they were originally called goober peas. Recent research concludes these protein rich legumes may have more nutrition than raw or roasted peanuts.
Food scientists at Alabama A & M University, including graduate student Yvonne Chukwumah and Lloyd Walker, PhD, purchased raw Virginia peanuts in the shell, raw peanut kernels, and commercially boiled peanuts to test nutritional differences in each variety.
The scientists boiled the raw peanuts for four hours while the peanuts were still in their shell. They also dry-roasted raw peanut kernels and roasted other raw peanut kernels in oil and made an extract from each batch of peanuts. Lab tests on the peanut extracts show that boiled peanuts had higher levels of antioxidants than the raw or roasted peanuts.
When peanuts are boiled in their shell, the peanut kernel absorbs antioxidants that are in the peanut shells and skins. This doesn’t happen with shelled, skinned peanut kernels, the researchers noted.
One cup in shell boiled peanuts contain about 200 calories and nine grams of protein. Boiled peanuts are cholesterol-free and a good source of dietary fiber and manganese. They are also provide iron, calcium, vitamin E and zinc.
If you’ve never tried boiling your own peanuts at home, it’s very easy to do, but does take time but not a lot of effort. Boiled peanuts will keep indefinitely if kept frozen in a tightly-closed container

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