What make a nut a nut?

In botanical terms, nuts are strictly a particular type of dried fruit that has a single seed, a hard shell and a protective shell. Chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts fit the true definition of a nut. Peanuts and almonds don't meet the botanical definition of a true nut. A nut is a fruit that consists of a hard or hard shell that protects a grain that is normally edible.

In general use and in a culinary sense, a wide variety of dried seeds are called nuts, but in a botanical context, the nut implies that the shell does not open to release the seed (indehiscent). So what are the names of those nuts that we have consumed a lot, such as the famous Chinese cuisine “walnut with prawns” and “chicken with almonds”? Walnuts and almonds aren't real nuts either. Both are drupe-type fruits (fruits with stones) with a fleshy outer part that surrounds a shell with a seed inside. What about pistachios? It's not a nut either.

It belongs to the cashew family, so it is a seed. The botanical definition of a nut in its simplest form is a seed contained in a hard shell that does not open naturally to release the seed when it ripens. Most consumers are quite convinced of their culinary idea of a nut, and part of the technical language of botanists goes back to classical scientists, such as Aristotle. A true nut, botanically speaking, is a hard shell pod containing both the fruit and the seed of the plant, where the fruit does not open to release the seed to the world.

The thorny boxes with four lobes protect one or two triangular nuts, which are an important source of food for mice, field mice, squirrels and birds. This occurs most often in connection with food allergies; a person may be specifically allergic to peanuts (which are not nuts but legumes), while other people may be allergic to the wider range of nuts that grow on trees. A true botanical nut is a dried fruit with a single seed enclosed in a hard ovarian wall that doesn't divide, Judy Jernstedt, a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis, told Live Science. It's interesting to note that peanuts contain biotin, folic acid and niacin, which are important vitamins for hair growth and pregnancy.

The reaction is due to the release of histamine by the body in response to an allergen in nuts, causing skin reactions and other possible reactions. One of my vegetarian friends often consumes a lot of nuts (which actually include seeds, drupes and legumes) to compensate for the loss of vitamins and minerals found in meats. Preliminary research is underway to assess whether its consumption can reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.