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Peanuts: The Southern Snack


    Boiled or roasted? Peanuts were brought to the Carolinas in the Colonial period from Africa, where they were brought from South America by the 16th century Portuguese. University of South Carolina food historian David Shields tells how each place contributed to the way we enjoy peanuts today, and peanut merchant Tige Howie talks about which variety sells best. Either way you like it, the peanut has a mighty appeal to the Southern palate.


Tut Underwood is producer of South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication. He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree. He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.