You Probably Don't Really Know What A Nut Is
You probably think a peanut is a nut. It even has the word nut in it! The peanut, which accounts for more than 60% of all "nut" consumption in the United States, is actually a legume. And a cashew? That's technically a drupe. According to botany, the basic definition of a true nut is a shelled pod containing a single, edible kernel. What you likely consider nuts actually fall into many different categories including seeds, legumes, and drupes. Because peanuts are a pod of seeds that grows underground, they are legumes.
Key Facts In This Video
According to botany, the basic definition of a true nut is a shelled pod containing a single, edible kernel. (0:24)
The cashew "nut" is actually a seed that grow atop the cashew apple. (1:00)
The peanut is not a nut—it is technically a legume. (1:34)