Wakefield Peanut Company continues to cultivate a tradition of excellence that began more than 150 years ago when the first commercial peanut crop in the United States was grown a few miles west of our location. And for over 40 years, our family-owned business in Wakefield, Virginia, has produced some of the finest peanut products available.
Virginia Hand Picked Peanuts
Virginia peanuts (grown primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) are largely podded and usually contain two large, elongated seeds with light reddish skins. They are valued by consumers for their large size, beauty, excellent peanut flavor, and high nutritional value.
About Our Peanuts
Quality at its Finest
Throughout the years, we've built relationships with a number of local farmers who support us in the peanut planting and production process. Many of these are award-winning farmers who have been peanut-yield-per-acre state champions, one of the highest honors a peanut farm can receive in Virginia. These peanuts are then put through a number of screening, cleaning, and sorting machines to select and prep only the finest super extra-large peanuts for sale to our customers.
- Peanuts are the original "Health Nut"
- They contain Protein, B Vitamins, Fiber, and Essential Minerals
- They do NOT contain cholesterol
- Certified Virginia's Finest by VDACS
A Treat Worth Sharing...
Give a special treat to your backyard friends by feeding them Wakefield Peanuts! Our peanuts are a favorite of many squirrels, wild birds, pigs, deer, chipmunks and more.
Whole peanuts are popular with larger birds where smaller birds will take the peanut and break them into smaller, easier to eat pieces. These peanuts can either be sprinkled around your yard or put in a bird feeder for access.
Peanuts are a very popular treat among Blue Jays, Towhees, Grackles, Crows, Jays, Ravens, Woodpeckers, Northern Cardinals, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Pyrrhuloxia, Titmice, Tits, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Doves and more!
In shell peanuts are one of the most natural foods a pig can enjoy. They are full of nutrients and are a superb source of protein and energy in their diets.
In fact, peanuts are the only in shell nuts that a pig can enjoy. That is because peanut shells are soft enough that they won't tear any part of the GI tract as they're chewed up and swallowed.
Peanuts are great for attracting squirrels to your backyard in the warmer months. They are perfect for filling the squirrel feeders or sprinkling around your yard.
In colder months, squirrels often forget where they buried their nuts over the summer. Feeding squirrels peanuts as a dietary supplement over the winter helps them find food in times when it is scarce.
Many deer enjoy in shell peanuts as a snack. Since deer are creatures of habit, it may take a little while for them to adjust to eating the peanuts.
Try leaving some peanuts out when there are deer in the area and over time it will become a regular occurrence. Once this happens, you will consistently attract deer to your yard so you can admire their natural beauty.
Use and Storage of Raw Peanuts
As with many raw agricultural food products, it is recommended that peanuts be cooked before consumption. See below for instructions on cooking peanuts.
To maintain best eating quality, store peanuts in a cool, dry place. For short term storage (a few days) keep at or below 60 F; for extended storage keep at 40 F or below (Peanuts keep fresh indefinitely stored in a tightly closed container in the freezer).
Cooking Your Peanuts
Conventional Oven Roasting (Parching)
Instructions: Place raw peanuts, in shell OR shelled, one layer deep in a shallow baking pan. Roast in 350 degrees F. - 15 to 20 minutes for shelled and 20 to 25 minutes for in-shell peanuts (remove from heat just short of doneness desired as peanuts continue to cook as they cool).
Microwave Oven Roasting
(700-watt oven)* Ingredients: 1 cup raw shelled peanuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cold water | Instructions: Pour peanuts into colander or wire basket and wet thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt. Pour into small microwave-safe casserole or pie plate. For a light roast, microwave on HIGH for 2-1/2 minutes; stir, microwave 2-1/2 minutes longer. For a darker roast, stir and microwave 1 minute longer, in 30-second increments. Peanuts will be crisp when cool. *Note: Cooking time varies, depending on the oven wattage; adjust cooking time and/or wattage output as necessary for the oven in use; remember, peanuts continue to cook as they cool.
Oil Roasting (French Frying)
Ingredients: 2 cups raw shelled red skin OR blanched peanuts, 1-1/2 cups peanut oil or enough to cover peanuts | Instructions: In an electric skillet, deep fryer or heavy saucepan heat oil to 350 degrees F. Add peanuts and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until just under doneness desired (they continue to cook as they cool). Drain on paper.
Ingredients: 2 to 3 pounds raw peanuts in the shell, 1 1/2 cups salt | Instructions: Put raw in-shell peanuts and salt in large pot. Cover completely with water. Bring to boil and simmer for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. To check if done, pull 1 or 2 peanuts out of the pot and crack them open. If they are soft, they are done. If they are still slightly crunchy, they are not done. If they are not salty enough, leave them in the salted water and turn off heat. When done, drain and serve immediately.