Boiled peanuts got their start as a folk cultural practice here in the Southern United States. When peanut crops would come in July and August, the unsold peanuts would be boiled. Family and friends would gather to share good converstion and food.
In 1899 Almeda Lambert published the first boiled peanut recipe. Goober peas, as they were originally called, have since become a staple of southern cuisine along with fried okra, barbecue and black-eyed peas.