🌰 Nuts 🥜

October 22nd is National 🌰 Nut 🥜 Day

In cuisine, dry nuts are dry, edible fruits or seeds that usually, but not always, have a high fat content.

Cuisine is a much less restrictive and older meaning of the word than the narrow meaning of nut in botany; the term is applied to many seeds that are not botanically nuts. Any large, oily kernels found within a shell and used in food are commonly called nuts. They are often used in making nut butters, a paste of the nuts and oil.

Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Because nuts generally have a high oil content, they are a highly prized food and energy source. Many seeds are edible by humans and used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food, or pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics.

Nuts used for food, whether true nut or not, are among the most common food allergens.

Raw mixed nuts, sold as a snack food.

Some fruits and seeds that do not meet the botanical definition but are nuts in the culinary sense are:
  • Almonds are the edible seeds of drupe fruits – the leathery "flesh" is removed at harvest.
  • Brazil nut is the seed from a capsule.
  • Candlenut (used for oil) is a seed.
  • Cashew is the seed of a drupe fruit with an accessory fruit.
  • Chilean hazelnut or Gevuina.
  • Macadamia is a creamy white kernel of a follicle type fruit.
  • Malabar chestnut.
  • Mongongo nut.
  • Peanut is a seed and from a legume type fruit (of the family Fabaceae).
  • Pecan is the seed of a drupe fruit.
  • Pili nut is the seed of the tropical tree Canarium ovatum which grows in the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Pine nut is the seed of several species of pine (coniferous trees).
  • Pistachio is the partly dehiscent seed of a thin-shelled drupe.
  • Walnut (Juglans) is the seed of a drupe fruit.
  • Yeheb nut is the seed of a desert bush, Cordeauxia edulis.

Every October 22nd :

What will you be celebrating? How will you do it?