To Major Todd, of the small town of Smithfield in the heart of the peanut section of eastern Virginia, goes the credit for the original of these delectable hams. The hogs fatten rapidly by foraging in the peanut fields after the crop is harvested. Special care is taken in curing and smoking, resulting in a world-wide reputation. From the Southern chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Overnight soaking not included in preparation time.