Boiled peanuts are commonly available at roadside stands and gas stations in Mississippi between May and November, and they're sold at most major grocery stores in the state. Boiled peanuts are also sold at farmers' markets and recreational events.
Boiled peanuts are a traditional snack food throughout most of the deep South. They are prepared by boiling raw green peanuts in salt water in a large pot, a process that is easy to replicate in a home kitchen. People typically consume boiled peanuts outdoors because of the mess created by wet shells.
Boiled peanuts originated during the Civil War, when it became difficult for Confederate soldiers to obtain meat. Boiling the peanuts killed bacteria, giving troops a safe source of protein.