Boiled Peanuts – Pelion, South Carolina


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In 2006, the General Assembly made boiled peanuts the official state snack of South Carolina.

Boiled Peanuts

Guntis Sprenne of Pelion © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Boiled peanuts have a long history in South Carolina, dating all the way back to the Civil War, when Confederate soldiers used the legume as an important source of protein during food shortages.

The practice continued after the war and eventually spread throughout the state. Farming communities would gather in the fall and boil the unsold peanuts in a harvest celebration. This tradition is still prevalent in smaller towns such as Pelion, where they hold the annual South Carolina Peanut Party.

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