Seeds vs. Nuts, What is the Difference

various seeds and nutsNuts are hard-shelled, fruits of plants. Seed are the small plant enclosed in the seed coat, which usually has stored food. In general, all nuts are seeds but not all seeds are nuts. Technically a nut is a single-seeded fruit with a hard, dry outer wall that doesn’t crack open at maturity. Most seeds come from fruits that naturally free themselves from the shell.

In general, nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Seeds are, in general, rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, healthy fats and dietary fiber. Not all seeds and nuts can be eaten. An acorn, for instance, is a nut, but can’t be eaten. Most experts now classify edible seeds and nuts as culinary nuts instead.

Some seeds have husks that need to be removed before eating, like sunflower seeds. Some, like sesame and poppy seeds, do not. All nuts need their shells removed before eating. Whether eating seeds or nuts, we recommend eating them raw not flavored or salted.

The most familiar nut, the peanut, is not really a nut at all, but a legume. An almond is really a drupe, as is a coconut. It can be very confusing but just choose the one you like the best and enjoy. Remember, you can also grind them up into nut butter.

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