Is Peanut A Nut?

INTRODUCTION

As discussed in the article, “Are Cashews Nut?” on this website, there are foods or plants that are loosely called “nuts”, when in the real sense of the word, they are not. A food item or snack that is consumed worldwide, is the “peanut”. In this article we are going to answer a question that is also most probably worldwide, “is peanut a nut”?

We have in the previous article alluded to the fact that nut allergy is one of the commonest allergies. And so, logically, are peanuts likely to trouble people with known nut allergy?

This article is not intended to explore all about peanuts. It is focused on the Scientific classification of the peanut. This is because that classification has an important bearing on what health aspects the plant or its fruits can enhance, or affect negatively (e.g. through allergy).

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WHAT ARE NUTS?

According to Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org), ‘the botanical definition of a “nut” is a fruit whose ovary wall becomes hard at maturity’. Examples of nuts are hazelnuts and acorns. Pictures of (respectively) hazelnuts and acorn are presented hereunder.

Hazelnuts

Obviously the above plants bear seeds that are encased in a fairly hard shell. Peanuts do not have such an encasement.

WHAT ARE PEANUTS?

The edible seeds are born in

WHAT’S IN PEANUTS?

 

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEANUTS?

 

WHAT ARE PEANUT ALLERGIES?

 

CONCLUSION

In the strict, Scientific, BOTANICAL sense, the peanut is NOT a nut. I repeat, peanuts are NOT nuts! The name “peanut” is therefore technically a misnomer.

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