By Joygirl 52 Comments
So essentially, there’s no such thing as nuts.
Earlier today I was thinking, “hey, aren’t certain nuts like, beans or whatever?” and I decided that it may be helpful to me, and maybe other people, if I were to do a little research and comprehensibly list what nuts were “true nuts”, and which were not, and categorize the others as well.
Categorizing each different thing that is, in culinary terms, considered a nut? Is like drawing a map of Cedar Point by memory. From what I can tell, about 20% of what we consider nuts are actually nuts, and the others are… different things.
The myth had it that these fabled non-nuts were essentially legumes (beans) but that doesn’t actually seem to be true. They are just… seeds. Seeds from different things. Fruits, flowers, bulbs, beans, pretty much whatever. If any given plant has a little hard nasty thing inside of it, and people eat it, it’s a nut.
What I propose is that we collectively do away with the word “nut” altogether — since nuts, as well, are seeds. They are all seeds, every last thing we call a nut. Peanuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios… only a few of them are actually nuts, but all of them are seeds.
So, allow us to reduce the word “nut” to the same state as legumes, drupes, pods, and all of the other things seeds come from.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat a white chocolate and macadamia seed cookie!
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