I learned about it from this release today from Lindsey Graham:
Graham, Scott Introduce Bill to Better Represent S.C. Peanut Farmers
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) introduced the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act, which would put an individual from South Carolina on the Peanut Standards Board at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and passed the House of Representatives in October 2017.
Graham and Scott noted that even though South Carolina has the fourth largest peanut industry in the country, the state is not represented the Peanut Standards Board. The board, created by the 2002 farm bill, advises USDA on proper standards for peanut quality and handling.
“As growers of our state’s official snack, South Carolina peanut farmers deserve a say in matters that affect their livelihood. I’m proud to work with my colleague, Senator Scott, on this important bill to ensure South Carolina’s peanut farmers get adequate representation at USDA,” said Graham.
“Ensuring South Carolina peanut farmers have a seat at the table is incredibly important,” Scott said. “I want to thank Senator Graham for working together on this important bill, and I look forward to sharing some South Carolina boiled peanuts with our colleagues when it passes.”
I didn’t know we had an official snack. I didn’t know anyone had an official snack. And I quite naturally wonder whether we need an official snack.
But as long as we’re going to have one, I can’t think of a better one than boiled peanuts. Can you?
And in fact, now that I know it, I find myself growing quite indignant at the knowledge that heretofore, we were unrepresented on the Peanut Standards Board!
In light of that, I’d like to propose a new Official Battle Cry for the state of South Carolina:
No Goobers Without Representation!
You can eat them with the state Official Hospitality Beverage — tea. Although knowing we have one of those, too, gives me the urge to imbibe something stronger.
I’ve perused the list, and I don’t see an Official State Hard Liquor…
We’re heading for a cabin this weekend, and I have this queued up on my Kindle. The author is a culinary historian from Charleston. I’ll return with recommendations…
Brad, perhaps my memory is corroded. I thought you were allergic to peanuts.
What a terrible thing to do to a good peanut – boil it! Yuck!
If you don’t like it here, you can leave.
Exactly, what next microwaved peanuts? Peanuts are meant to be roasted and/or turned into peanut butter… nothing else unless… well maybe peanut oil.
Only if you’re not from around here. Or from Georgia, either. Places that grow lots of peanuts prefer them boiled. The other ways are for the people who don’t know what’s good…
Just kidding. The other ways are good, too. Just not AS good…
Boiled peanuts remind me of this joke:
A preacher visits an elderly woman from his congregation. As he sits on the couch, he notices a large bowl of peanuts on the coffee table.
“Mind if I have a few?” he asks.
“No, not at all!” the woman replied.
They chat for an hour and, as the preacher stands to leave, he realizes that instead of eating just a few peanuts, he emptied most of the bowl.
“I’m terribly sorry for eating all your peanuts. I really just meant to eat a few.”
“Oh, that’s all right,” the woman says. “Ever since I lost my teeth, all I can do is suck the chocolate off them.”
Time well spent at the State House. I’m sure Leatherman tried to get an official state road surface.
Beats the heck out of “Fried Brain Sandwiches” from the Midwest. Talk about the “YUCK” factor!!