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A Taste of Autumn: Peanuts

29 Sep

Happily I purchased some imported candy from Mexico the other day. The candy is peanut-flavored and has the consistency of crumbly Marzipan.

A major local cash crop here is peanuts. Peanuts are so widely grown, in fact, that annually, we celebrate with the Peanut Festival. There are rides, booths, crowds, music, and of course, PEANUTS!

Until this year, I had never realized how much I associated the flavor of peanuts with autumn. But in the peanut candy I tasted the cool air, the crunching of the leaves beneath my shoes, and the clear, azure sky above.

Boiled peanuts are especially a treat. Quite salty, they’re eaten by cracking open the weakened shell with one’s teeth and then sucking out the peanuts. The texture of the boiled nuts is much softer than regular peanuts and is typically moist.

Another reminder of autumn is apple cider. The smells of apple and cinnamon fill the fall air, and as I recently told a friend, apple cider tastes like apples and cinnamon and happiness all mixed together!

Autumn has finally arrived. Even though the actual equinox was a week ago, typically the full arrival happens with a certain kind of peaceful shift in the "energy" of a place. A certain sweetness of life hung in the air today, and the reassurence that the year was falling upon us was apparent. In those moments, when the air is clean and sweet, when the sky is clear, when the temperature is perfectly balanced and embraces one like an old friend whose familiarity you recognize immediately, one cannot help but feel gratitude beat in one’s breast to God.

Such moments may seem a simple joy to others, but the reality is that the joy is direct and immediate and beyond any useful words; it is anything but simple!

So toast with your apple cider to the gladness in your heart, and enjoy the peanuts and other harvested goodies. This autumn should be a fantastic one.

Beaux

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Posted by on September 29, 2010 in food

 

5 responses to “A Taste of Autumn: Peanuts

  1. vantilden

    October 1, 2010 at 7:20 am

    that made me realize that peanuts are so totally rare here. at least fresh ones are. and boiled ones are unheard of. you can at least find the hard dried up type in some grocery stores. i once boiled them hours and hours to made some boiled peanuts.

    but no, autumn here is more like…chestnuts. chestnut deserts, chestnut flavors, and of course, plain ol roasted ones. they:re everywhere.

     
    • enamouredslave

      October 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      Another blog will be here done on pecans, which I realized are a big fall image here, especially for Thanksgiving.

       
  2. The Onyx Plate

    January 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    So, I can’t catch up on everything on your blog. But, I did pick my birth month, and ran with it…so glad I did! This post is beautiful and made me miss Autumn!!!

     
    • enamouredslave

      January 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Yes, it’s all fine and well- I’ve posted so many blogs on here that it’s probably difficult to get to all of them, and honestly, some of them are completely out of the realm of food anyway, especially a few of the older ones.

      I like that the blogs are more coherent and have a more definitive angle now.

       

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