Why buy peanuts from FERIDIES?
That is a great question, because not all peanuts are created equal! Did you know that there are 4 different types of peanuts? At FERIDIES, we specialize in the Virginia-type peanut, but you may be more familiar with Runners, which are used to make peanut butter and candy bars.
4 Types of Peanuts
Although many think of peanuts as nuts that grow on trees, they are actually "legumes" like peas. A "seed peanut" is planted in May to form a small green plant about 18" tall. The peanut plant produces yellow flowers, which pollinate themselves. They form "pegs" which begin to grow away from the plant. The pegs form a stem and push into the ground where the peanuts will form and grow. Peanuts are harvested between September and October which allows them four to five months to fully mature. The weather conditions during this time (i.e., too much rain or too little rain) have an impact on the quality of the crop. One peanut plant produces about 40 peanuts. The peanuts are then dug out of the ground and left in the sun to dry for two or three days. A combine is used to separate the peanuts from the vines. The peanut farmer sells the peanuts to shellers who clean and grade the raw nuts before selling them to companies like FERIDIES.
Why FERIDIES Peanuts?
So what makes FERIDIES Virginia Peanuts better than all of the rest? At FERIDIES, we select the largest 2% of the crop each year - the super, extra-large Virginia-type peanut. We gently roast them in small batches by hand in pure peanut oil to keep them cholesterol free, to preserve their natural peanut taste and to maintain their healthy qualities. No artificial preservatives are added.
In addition, to our delicious gourmet Virginia peanuts, we offer peanut candies, cashews, pistachios, almonds, trail mixes and other specialty gourmet foods. In 2014, our Salted, Unsalted, Redskin, Hot & Spicy and Honey Roasted Virginia Peanuts were confirmed as Non-GMO Project Verified as well as our Cashews. In 2015, our Salted Pistachios, Salted Almonds and All Natural Cajun Virginia Peanuts were confirmed as Non-GMO Project Verified. We continue to have our other products reviewed and confirmed. We believe our packaging is upscale and makes a worthy gift. You will find several gift creations to choose from in a variety of price ranges or you can create your own. There is something for everyone on your gift list and to satisfy your own peanut cravings!
As a family-owned and operated business for over 45 years, our most important priorities are food safety, quality and exceptional customer service. We want your shopping experience to be easy, convenient, informational and affordable.
Shelf Life & Storage Tips
Fresh peanuts are the BEST peanuts! The sooner you eat them, the better they will taste. As time passes, they will gradually lose their crunchiness and superb taste. There is no magic expiration date. To maintain the best eating quality, store peanuts in a cool, dry place at or below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Peanuts keep fresh indefinitely if stored in a tightly closed container in the freezer. Our recommended and approximate shelf life time frames are listed below:
Shelf Life of Peanuts
|Peanuts in Bags||Approximately 6 months|
|Peanuts, Candies & other Nuts in Vacuum-Sealed Cans||Approximately 1 year|
|Raw Peanuts||Indefinitely if kept in cool, dry temperatures|
Shelf Life of Specialty Foods
|Uncooked Country Cured Ham||Indefinitely if stored in cool, dry temperatures|
|Petite Boneless Cooked Ham|| 10 days off refrigeration
8 weeks refrigerated
1 year frozen
|Cooked Virginia Ham Slices|| 10 days off refrigeration
5 weeks refrigerated
1 year frozen
|Cheese Straws||9 months|
|Sweet Potato Biscuits|| 10 days off refrigeration
1 month refrigerated
6 months frozen
Peanuts are GOOD FOR YOU! We all know the popularity of the "fat free" diet in the 1990s. Peanuts were given a bad name by some because of their fat content; however, research now shows that peanuts are a wise food choice for several reasons:
To learn more about the healthy benefits of peanuts, we are happy to share the links to a couple of articles we think you will find very interesting. Don't just take our word for it - PEANUTS ARE GOOD FOR YOU - and the experts agree: