No Nuts Allowed

I hope the title of this hub doesn't turn some people away.

It is fine if you read this Billy. Just because I said No Nuts Allowed, it doesn't mean you cannot still read this.

Ok Eric, if you want to read it, you can too. I will allow a couple nuts. (Froggy cannot type and roll on the floor laughing at the same time. The Frog has to quit joking.)

No, this hub is about some things you all call nuts, but they really are not nuts.

Don't worry, I am not talking about the political world either. It isn't about Congress, Hillary, or Obama.

Scroll down and find what the Frog is actually talking about.

Did You Know

Some nuts really are not nuts.

They may be called nuts, but they aren't.

Let's take a look at some of these so called nuts that really are not:


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Peanuts

Peanuts are not an actual nut, but are a legume. It is much like a pea, hence the pea at the start of the name.

Peanuts grow under the ground like potatoes. They are high in protein.

Many people have peanut allergies. If you cook with peanut oil or use peanuts in recipes, please be sure the loved ones eating it are not allergic.

The top 3 producers of peanuts are:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. United States

Peanut Brittle Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Peanuts, Crushed
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

Peanut Brittle Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Treats a family of four or more.

Peanut Brittle Instructions

  1. Grease a large cookie sheet and line with foil. Fold the foil over the edges.
  2. Place the peanuts in a pan and place on medium heat. Stir constantly until the peanuts are a light brown.
  3. Put the water and the sugar in a pan and heat stirring until sugar dissolves. After sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and boil without stirring. Mixture should turn golden brown. Add the honey and butter after turning the heat back down slightly. Stir until all has dissolved. Now slowly stir in the peanuts and bicarbonate soda.
  4. Pour mixture into the cookie sheet and let it set and harden. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. It will still be just slightly soft. Gently use a knife and make slight cuts throughout the material. Let it sit another five minutes and use something hard to pound it (a hammer?). It will break into hardened pieces of peanut brittle. Viola. Don't eat too much before dinner.
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Pistachios

Pistachios look like a nut; act like a nut, but are not really a nut.

Kind of like some hubbers we know huh?

Pistachios grow in desert like conditions. High humidity zones will not be good for growing the pistachio bush.

In all actuality, a pistachio is a fruit. It is a drupe. Other drupes include olives, mangoes, and even coffee.

Pistachios are considered quite a healthy eatable. They have many antibacterial properties.

The 3 largest producers of pistachios are:

  1. Iran
  2. United States
  3. Turkey

A Great Salad

Ingredients

1 Head of Romaine Lettuce

8 Ounces of Broccoli

1 Avocado sliced into chunks

1/3 cup of roasted pistachios

A handful of crumbled feta cheese


Instructions

Boil a large pan of water. Drop broccoli in the boiling water and simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and drain.

Slice the Romaine lettuce in strips.

In a large bowl put broccoli, lettuce, and pistachios. Toss well and put in refrigerator.

When serving time is near, put feta on top and if you like add vinaigrette.

This is a refreshing salad.

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Walnuts

Walnuts are a fruit, not a nut.

They are high in protein and are considered a natural cure for cancer.

My land in Missouri has two black walnut trees. This is a great fruit and has many uses in cooking.

The top 3 producers of walnuts are:

  1. China
  2. Iran
  3. United States

What I Did With My Black Walnuts

This is not a difficult recipe.

I ran to my favorite grocery store and bought a box of brownie mix.

I followed the directions on the box, but added one thing.

Reaching in the fridge, I retrieved a sandwich bag of crushed black walnuts from the tree in the backyard. I added it to the mix.

I hope those people in Colorado don't ruin this recipe by adding their legal marijuana to it.

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Almonds

An almond is also a drupe.

It is a fruit and is related to peaches. This is why they have a sweet taste.

Almonds are very good for you. They have enough nutritional value that a person could probably live for years off just almonds and water.

The top 3 producers of almonds are:

  1. United States
  2. Spain
  3. Iran

Make Some Almond Milk

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Coconuts

Here is another fruit and not a nut.

The coconut is also a drupe.

Personally, I love coconut; but getting into the darn things can be a nightmare sometimes. I have watched these Puerto Rican natives make it look easy.

The following video will show the secret; hopefully you get it better than I did. Pay close attention to the end... The guy from Trinidad makes it look so simple.

Don't chop off your hand.

Coconut Opening

Conclusion

Just because something says it is a nut doesn't mean it is so.

There are many other so called nuts that are not really nuts.

On the other side, there are those that don't have nut in the name and they are.

There is no nut in my name, but many claim I am.

Have a wonderful day nuts and non-nuts alike.

A special thanks to the love of my life...Lastheart for giving me this idea.

© Greg Boudonck

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Okay, I had no idea that walnuts were not nuts. How did I go sixty-five years and not know that? As for your introduction, you had me laughing out loud my friend. Good one and great information....and recipes as a bonus...how cool is this article?


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks my friend. I am glad I could give you a laugh today. Yea, I always thought of walnuts as a nut too. We all learn something new once in awhile.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Froggy, this is very interesting. Now, how do we know what the real nuts are? Do we have to research that for ourselves? Just asking. Thank you.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Nuts are fabulously healthy and I love them. I make bread out of almond flour which is just ground nuts. Up and useful and interesting.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Ms Dora, I guess you have just forced me to write another hub. I will get right on that; thank you.

Thanks breakfastpop. Glad you are nuts for nuts.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Well, I learned something, too, Bill. I didn't know walnuts weren't nuts, either! Interesting article, Froggy. I didn't know about almonds, either. None of it matters to me, though, darn it. With the exception of coconuts, I'm allergic to every one of these, especially black walnuts.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Good grief, Froggy -- I never knew all this. It is an amazing enlightenment for me. All this time what I thought were nuts has just been a misleading myth, like the Easter Bunny. I really enjoyed this delightful hub. Thanks for setting me straight on this. Wow ! Amazing.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Glad you both learned something new.

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