Category: Food



Introduction and description

A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, where in order to eat the seed it has to be released from its shell. Nuts are generally eaten raw although they can be roasted and this releases their flavours. Nuts are thus botanically seeds, but I want to treat them separately from the seeds entry, as research has tended to concentrate on them as a group, particularly as many of them also yield cooking and salad oils.

There is also another very loose difference in that many nuts are found on trees, for example walnuts, or underground, for example peanuts [which is botanicaly a legume, but behaves like a nut], whereas seeds are the above ground byproduct of smaller plants.

As there are some properties and some PubMed papers that refer to nuts in general, we have this more general section so that you can see what nuts are used for and what they help with medicinally in general.  The very specific phytochemical content of each nut, however, is to be found in the sections for each nut.  Thus you will need in this case to follow the links below:

And nuts have healing properties.


Roast them or eat them raw, add them to salads or cooked vegetables, have them as a snack or part of a main meal.

How it works

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