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Oct 20, 2020 - 9:38:25 AM
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So last December eagleisland posted about Virginia Peanuts and how good they were. That thread is archived, thus this being part 2. I could not find a local source, except for some flavored ones like Jalapeno. Flavored peanuts tells me more about flavor than peanuts. I could not justify the online shipping prices just to try them. Today I went to the local orchard for some apples and cider and they had cans of Virginia Peanuts in Sea Salt and Honey Roasted. I bought a can of the Sea Salt and I'm lucky that they made it all the way home. The peanuts are larger, and much more crisp than any other peanuts I've eaten. Now for the last several years I've been eating dry roasted unsalted peanuts, so the salt and the fat (canola oil) did alter the flavor from what I'm used to, but the size and the crispness of these peanuts was outstanding. I don't know if I want to thank Skip, or be upset that he introduced these, but I will be purchasing them again.

Oct 20, 2020 - 9:59:13 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

Y'know, Virginia peanuts are something that's fallen off my radar since the start of ... well, you know. But you just got my mouth watering for them.

I don't know whether to thank you for be upset for reminding me.

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:49:29 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

Dammit... just had to order some. Got 'em here. Have tried other brands, but these are fabulous.

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:55:05 AM
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I buy a can every week. They don't last the entire week.

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:45:38 PM
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I'm lucky my can survived the ride home.

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:32:38 PM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

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I'm lucky my can survived the ride home.


I'm expecting two 32-ounce cans sometime in the next four or five days. They MIGHT make it to December...

Oct 20, 2020 - 5:26:24 PM

10913 posts since 1/15/2005

The Virginia peanuts are great! My uncle lived in Newport News and every time we visited we would stop around Smithfield or Suffolk at one of the peanut warehouses and buy them. The majority of them are grown in Eastern Virginia just in from the coast in that gold old black/gray loam soil. It must be something in the soil!

Oct 21, 2020 - 9:21:39 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

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The Virginia peanuts are great! My uncle lived in Newport News and every time we visited we would stop around Smithfield or Suffolk at one of the peanut warehouses and buy them. The majority of them are grown in Eastern Virginia just in from the coast in that gold old black/gray loam soil. It must be something in the soil!


I'm sure you're right - but I suspect it's also got a lot to do with really smart marketing (and that's not a pejorative term).

For one thing, the specific cultivar matters in producing a really high quality, and there are dozens of them in the Virginia class, as it turns out. Even so, we can presume that a given crop of peanuts has wide variability in size and quality. Those canned and sold at a premium as "Virginia Peanuts," based on my limited exposure to three or four brands, do indeed vary somewhat but pretty much share a larger size and sweeter flavor than most peanuts sold in bags.

So I assume it's a recognition that these are a high-end product, worth more to the farmers and the processors, and they're thus planted, sorted and packaged accordingly. The result is a product worth the extra money. At least, I think it is.

Oct 21, 2020 - 9:32:26 AM

10340 posts since 2/22/2007

I was tempted but them is some pricey peanuts!

Oct 21, 2020 - 10:47:08 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

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I was tempted but them is some pricey peanuts!


Them is indeed. And then you try them, and you realize you just woofed down $10 worth of goobers in about 15 minutes. Because they're that good. Especially Hub's - they have a sweetness approaching that of cashews.

Oct 21, 2020 - 12:04:18 PM

10340 posts since 2/22/2007

OK, maybe I'll give them a try as a treat for the holidays.

Oct 21, 2020 - 12:40:40 PM
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OK, maybe I'll give them a try as a treat for the holidays.


Caution advised: that's exactly how I got started. wink

Oct 21, 2020 - 1:58:20 PM
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Originally posted by eagleisland
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

The Virginia peanuts are great! My uncle lived in Newport News and every time we visited we would stop around Smithfield or Suffolk at one of the peanut warehouses and buy them. The majority of them are grown in Eastern Virginia just in from the coast in that gold old black/gray loam soil. It must be something in the soil!


I'm sure you're right - but I suspect it's also got a lot to do with really smart marketing (and that's not a pejorative term).

For one thing, the specific cultivar matters in producing a really high quality, and there are dozens of them in the Virginia class, as it turns out. Even so, we can presume that a given crop of peanuts has wide variability in size and quality. Those canned and sold at a premium as "Virginia Peanuts," based on my limited exposure to three or four brands, do indeed vary somewhat but pretty much share a larger size and sweeter flavor than most peanuts sold in bags.

So I assume it's a recognition that these are a high-end product, worth more to the farmers and the processors, and they're thus planted, sorted and packaged accordingly. The result is a product worth the extra money. At least, I think it is.


Yeah, I am not sure of all the circumstances but they sure are good ..... and certainly bigger.  We also have great looking soil just inland along the coast of South Carolina, but the peanuts are just not as good ...... unless they are boiled wink.  As you know for farmers it is all about production and pricing.  It does not matter to them if they grow variety X peanuts that yield 1000 pounds @ $2.00 a pound or variety Z that yield 500 pounds @ $4.00 per pound.  Apparently the farmers in Virginia have gone with the variety Z!smiley

Nov 19, 2020 - 8:15:28 AM
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Not all Virginia Peanuts are created equal. I found a package of Teddie Premium Extra Large Virginia Peanuts at the grocery store, and I am not impressed. If this was my first taste of VP, I wouldn't buy them again. I don't know the brand that I purchased at the local orchard, they were excellent, and quite addicting. I would rather have Planter's Cocktail peanuts than these Teddie peanuts.

Nov 19, 2020 - 9:40:22 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

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Originally posted by DC5

Not all Virginia Peanuts are created equal. I found a package of Teddie Premium Extra Large Virginia Peanuts at the grocery store, and I am not impressed. If this was my first taste of VP, I wouldn't buy them again. I don't know the brand that I purchased at the local orchard, they were excellent, and quite addicting. I would rather have Planter's Cocktail peanuts than these Teddie peanuts.


Order direct from Hubs, Dave (link provided above). They'll rock your peanut world.

Nov 19, 2020 - 8:18:39 PM

Buddur

USA

2829 posts since 10/23/2004

Never heard of them before.

Can't wait to try them.

Nov 21, 2020 - 6:37:58 AM

14938 posts since 12/2/2005

I just re-ordered two 32 oz cans from Hubs. I still have most of the second can from my previous order, but I have a houseful coming in tomorrow and I don't expect them to survive the week. Hence, the re-order.

The 32 oz cans seem like the most cost-effective way for me to buy them. Sealed, the cans last a good long time, and if you keep an opened can in the refrigerator they'll be good for at least a couple of months (so sayeth the gal at Hubs I spoke with upon placing my first order).

Not that you can expect a refrigerated can to contain anything but cold air after a few weeks...

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