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Is a Peanut really a nut?

Last Updated: 30th March, 2020

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Peanuts, unlike almonds and walnuts, do not grow on trees. They're actually not nuts at all, but legumes like peas and lentils ? and they grow in the ground. An illustration of how the peanut plant grows peanuts.

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Furthermore, which nut is not really a nut?

Almonds, for example, are in fact drupes, not nuts at all. Neither are cashews, pistachios and pine nuts. Many tree nuts are drupes, including walnuts and pecans (although confusingly these are known as drupaceous nuts as they difficult to categorise and are not true botanical nuts).

One may also ask, is a cashew a nut? The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; this cashew nut is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. Like the tree, the nut is often simply called a cashew.

One may also ask, is the peanut a nut?

The hard peanut shell protects the edible seed as it grows underground. While they sport the "nut" name, peanuts are actually a legume, making them a member of the family of plant-based items that includes lentils, beans and soybeans.

Which nuts are actually legumes?

Legumes are a bit more costly than the nuts. Some of the common nuts include macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, cashews, hazels, almonds, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts . The common legumes include black-eyed peas, black beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans, pinto beans , kidney beans and lentils.

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What fruit is actually a nut?

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What nut is poisonous until roasted?

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Is a coconut a nut?

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Is a coconut a tree nut?

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Why are peanuts so cheap?

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Is Almond a tree nut?

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Is a pistachio a nut?

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What is a true nut?

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Claudio Barranha

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Why you shouldn't eat cashews?

It's actually the good fat content of cashews - the Mono Unsaturated fats (MUFA) - that helps. Our diets are traditionally deficient in MUFA, which can be detrimental to our heart's health, and cashew helps fill this gap. Besides, cashews actually have lower amount of fat (13 grams per ounce) than most other nuts.

Allende Pellegrino

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Can you eat the fruit of a cashew?

When ripe, the whole thing falls off the tree, and the bottom part is gathered for processing. The false fruit (called cashew fruit or cashew apple) is edible, but it is very perishable. It is often left to rot, but can be eaten raw, cooked, or used to make a liquor called feni.

Faouzi Nejinsky

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What nuts are poisonous?

Neither are peanuts, cashews (also poisonous), pecans, macadamia "nuts," walnuts, pistachios, or pretty much every other food you've ever been told was a nut. That's right: you've never eaten a nut. They lied to you.

Qunfeng Serqueira

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What are the side effects of cashew nuts?

Side Effects & Safety
Cashew is LIKELY SAFE in normal food amounts. There isn't enough information to know if cashew is safe for use as a medicine. Unroasted cashew can irritate the skin and cause redness and blisters.