The word nut comes from the Old English hnutu, from Germanic.
It is the general term used to refer to an edible kernel (fruit) encased in a hard or woody shell. It is generally preceded by the name of the tree, its country of origin, etc.:
- > cashew nut, walnut, Macadamia nut, Brazil nut, hazelnut, etc.
Also note in the same family:
- > almond, pistachio
Despite their name, peanuts are not true nuts. While nuts are technically fruits, peanuts are actually légumes.
Something you need to know: Almond is a fruit, peanut is a leguminous plant and pine nut is a seed. So don't be surprised if you don't find them in the present listing.
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