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Introduction: Nuts

Description of Nuts

Nuts: Botanically, a type of single-seeded fruit in which the pericarp enclosing the seed is a hard woody shell. In common usage the term is used loosely for any hard, oil-rich kernel. Of those commonly eaten, only hazel, filbert, and chestnut are strictly nuts. Walnuts, pecans, almonds, and coconuts are really drupes. Brazil nuts, pistachios, macadamias, and cashews are really seeds with a hard shell derived from the testa rather than the pericarp.
Source: MeSH 2007

Hierarchical classifications of Nuts

The following list attempts to classify Nuts into categories where each line is subset of the next.

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MeSH 2007 Hierarchy

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