Boiling peanuts has been a folk cultural practice in the lower Southern United States since at least the 19th century, where they were originally called goober peas. The practice of eating boiled peanuts was likely brought by slaves from Africa.:64 In July and August, when the peanut crops would come in, unsold and surplus peanuts would be prepared in a boiling, and extended families and neighbors would gather to share conversation and food. Like a fish fry, peanut boils have been organizing principles for social gatherings. Like okra, black-eyed peas, collard greens and pork barbecue, boiled peanuts are symbols of Southern culture and cuisine.
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