A hint when buying peanuts from roadside stands, if peanuts are not in season, alot of people will boil and freeze the year before then re-boil and sell during the off season. The usual results are still a fine tasting peanut. I request a sample before buying. If the outer shell is a dark brown color and looks to be partially opened at the "eye" the peanuts have been re-boiled on more than one occasion and generally tastes
. This can actually apply when peanuts are in season. It all depends on how much business a person gets in a day. If a person has a slow day selling, you'll probably get the same peanuts on the next selling day. Look for LIGHT color shells, those are your freshest!