Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Do You Parch Or Roast?
We live in peanut growing country although there are not as many crops planted as used to be due to the damage the wild hogs make and the stoppage of grovernment programs. John used to be a peanut farmer so he likes to drive by the fields to check to see if the farmer who is farming the land he leased is doing it correctly. We even stop so he can pull up a plant and check it closely. You guessed it, that man usually isn't doing it right. We met several big trucks loaded with peanuts heading for the peanut company on the edge of town. That made me think of the conversation we had with a younger person last year. We were talking of parching some peanuts so that made a puzzled look on his face and he ask why we call it parching. With the way we were raised in the country talk mode I started doubting myself. I got out my trusty dictionary and sure enough the word Parch is there meaning to toast under dry heat. John had a feeling of de-ja-vue when we made a trip to the peanut company outside of town. We paid $7.00 for a bag of shelled peanuts when a trip to this company used to get him a large check for selling the peanuts he raised. We went home and parched a pan full in the oven and they sure were good.