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13 April 2011

Peter Heeschen Visits the USA...
 ... And Is Treated To Good Ol' Southern Hospitality

Peter Heeschen is a lovely man. Charming, humorous, and flush with anecdotes; here at he is often ceremonially referred to simply as ‘Uncle Peter’.

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of keeping Peter Heeschen company while he was visiting in the US. We ate out at a handful of the area's countless restaurants, toured the extensive Vereen Gardens, and made a trip to the historical city of Charleston. We even made the opportunity to hang out at Starbucks.

On our ride to Charleston we made a pit stop for gas. As I exited the convenience store, having pre-paid for fuel, I found Adam and Peter at a boiled peanut stand. The idea of a boiled peanut is a strange enough concept for a guy native to California (I’d never heard of such a thing until I moved to the South). But I think Peter was positively dumbfounded - even something we Americans as a whole consider utterly mundane, peanut butter (at least as we know it), is difficult to find in Denmark. He must have been, because Adam captured the moment with a photograph.

Peter Heeschen enjoys his very first Southern-style boiled peanut.

So, what did Uncle Peter have to say about boiled peanuts?

“They are quite different, but also, they are quite good.”

To all you Danish pipe makers, come on down to the South and we’ll treat you to lobster bisque, grilled garlic and chili shrimp, and some boiled peanuts. That’s how we do things here.

Posted by ted at 3:30 PM | Link | 3 comments

Re: Peter Heeschen Visits the USA...
Moving to Myrtle Beach in 2005, I've yet to see boiled peanuts anywhere else. We have them in cans at the grocery, but to find a road side stand selling hot (raw, shell on) peanuts boiled in salt water is the way to enjoy them. Kind of like Southern-style edamame. They were delicious! I'm happy Peter could enjoy a regional treat.

Posted by adam on April 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Re: Peter Heeschen Visits the USA...
I bought two Peter Heeschen pipes. I never smoke them, though they are among my most expensive. The red stain he uses has a terrible taste. I tried to break them in for months without improvement. Finally, after writing him about the problem I removed the stain by soaking the pipes in alcohol overnight. There has been a slight improvement but they still taste awful. I wasted $1570. I am very annoyed about this. The stain is an important part of the taste of a pipe. If a pipemaker does not know which stains to use, he is not a very good pipemaker. Sorry, Mr. Heeschen, they are beautifully sculpted but are not smokeable by a delicate palate.

Posted by bruce cahn on February 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Re: Peter Heeschen Visits the USA...

I'm a little puzzled by your post. Peter doesn't stain the inside of his bowls. Hence, I'm not sure how the stain could have affected the pipes' flavor. Did you completely remove the stain from the pipes?


Posted by sykes on February 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

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