Saturday, February 10, 2007
#105: Charcoal Peanuts
I just had to try these. When I saw Charcoal Peanuts listed on the web exclusive list of 15 extra Tastes to Try in 2007 I had no idea what they were. Now that I have ordered them and tasted them, I still don't know what they are!
About the size of a large olive, charcoal peanuts are black and airy. Inside is a peanut, but it is wrapped in the crunchy black coating. At first taste you only notice the peanut and don't get the point for the black coating, but a slight sweetness is noticed once you finish eating it. For some reason it reminds me of the black sand beaches in Hawaii. They are not Hawaiian however, they are from Japan. They are available at Grateful Palate for $9.95 and you get about twenty in the package.
Since I know I won't make all 100 of Food & Wine's Tastes to Try, I am borrowing some from this web list to try and make it closer to 100. One of the neatest things about trying to hit all 100 is finding unique food like these.