In cooking terms, any large, oily kernels found within a shell and used in food are commonly called nuts. Nuts are seeds, but not all seeds are nuts.

Botanical and culinary definitions for nuts vary. What may be considered a nut in culinary circles may not be in botany.

  • Almonds are edible seeds
  • Brazil nut is the seed from a capsule
  • Cashew is the seed from an accessory fruit
  • Coconuts are drupes
  • Hazelnut
  • Macadamia is a creamy white kernel of a follicle type fruit
  • Chestnut
  • Peanut is a seed from a legume type fruit
  • Pecans
  • Pine nut is the seed of several species of pine
  • Pistachio is the seed of a thin-shelled drupe
  • Walnut

source: partial information from Wikipedia


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