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    What If I Told You That Peanuts Aren't Nuts At All?

    Isn't that nutty?! (Sorry, I'm not sorry.)

    This is a peanut in all its glory. No big surprises here.

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    You can see the two little peanuts inside the peanut shell. Seemingly with nothing to hide...

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    ...except they actually DO have something to hide. Because peanuts aren't a nut at all.


    They're motherfucking legumes, OK?


    Meaning that a peanut is actually closer to being a pea (also a legume) or a lentil (another legume) than an actual nut, like hazelnuts and pecans.


    You can almost see the resemblance. They put the pea in peanuts.

    I know, it's weird, because it has the word "nut" in "peanut," which makes you think — THIS IS A NUT. It's also part of mixed nuts. And like... WHAT IS HAPPENING.


    But you'd be wrong, because most edible nuts grow on trees, whereas peanuts grow underground in pods, which make them legumes.

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    According to the New World Encyclopedia, peanuts are considered a nut in the culinary sense, but "in the botanical sense, the fruit of the peanut is a woody, indehiscent legume or pod and not a true nut."

    A true nut is both the seed AND the fruit (like an acorn or chestnut), but peanuts are botanically a seed that comes from fruit and can be removed from the fruit.

    So when you're eating peanut butter, you're having a nut in the culinary sense — because we've coined it as a nut — but really, you're eating yourself some legumes. More like pea spread on toast, if I may.

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    ~ The more you knowwww ~