The jig is up!
For too long peanuts have masqueraded as America’s favourite nut.
For too long, almonds have snuck into the mixed nuts bag at your grocery.
We’ve been foolishly snacking on ‘nuts’ that are definitely not nuts, and it’s time to set the record straight.
Here are the five most common impostors:
Technically, nuts are a type of fruit. Fruits develop from a plant's ovary, and as the ovary matures it forms a wall around the fruit. For common fruits like apples and peaches, the ovary wall is the fleshy outer skin while for nuts the ovary wall is the hard, outer shell.
Cashews, on the other hand, are a seed of the cashew apple, shown here. The cashew seed is the c-shaped, greyish object at the bottom of the fruit.
The traditional American Planters mixed nuts contains the following:
-Brazil nuts (seed)
-Hazelnuts (real nut!)
-Pecans (real nut!)
Just because most commercially marketed 'nuts' are not actually nuts doesn't mean they taste any less delicious!
So, next time you're snacking on some 'nuts' -- be sure to enjoy the seeds and legumes as well.
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