Raw peanuts are safe to eat. However, any raw peanuts that give off an unpleasant odor should not be consumed because they are rancid. Raw peanuts can be eaten alone or added to a variety of recipes.
Raw peanuts can be oven-roasted, microwave-roasted or oil-roasted. Peanuts prepared in the oven can be shelled or left in the shell. However, peanuts need to be shelled when using other cooking methods.