Why Peanuts Aren't Nuts (& Other Food Betrayal)

We're living in a world that is full of food fraudsters and we feel as though we have the responsibility to expose them for what they really are. We've lived our entire lives believing that peanuts are, as suggested, nuts when they are actually legumes!

Perhaps we wouldn't feel so cheated if they were appropriately named, 'pealegumes'. This revelation comes from the fact that nuts grow on trees but peanuts grow in pods which mature underground, like other legumes.

If you're ready for some more betrayal, cashews, walnuts, pistachios and almonds also join peanuts in the 'Anti-Nut Nut Club'. They have all done so well at blending in because, although their structure and nutritional benefits are most similar to legumes, their role in diet and cuisine is more similar to nuts.

Just to add insult to injury, we'd also like to call out strawberries and raspberries as fake berries! A berry is classed as a simple fruit which stems from one flower, with one ovary. Strawberries and raspberries come from a single flower with more than one ovary. The horror.

With all that room freed up in the berry category, it allows tomatoes, pomegranates, bananas, avocados, aubergine and chilli peppers to take their place. Yes, that's right, these are all actually berries! Mind. Blown.

Sorry if we've got you questioning the integrity of all the foods you eat, but it's your right to know. The good news is that you can officially have a berry smoothie as a pasta sauce, without confusing your taste buds!

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