Peanuts are not nuts!

Peanuts are not NUTS!

Apr 22, 2024

Yes, you read it correctly: peanuts are not nuts! The nuts we commonly know are referred to as 'True Nuts' - hard shells containing edible kernels. Peanuts, however, belong to the legume family and share similar characteristics. Interestingly, peanuts' nutty flavor and appearance resemble those of other nuts, which is why they've often been thought to belong in the nut family.

Fun fact: Peanuts are also known as groundnuts.

What are Legumes?

Peanuts are not nuts but they belong to the legumes family.

The legume family comprises beans, peas, and lentils. Generally, they contain multiple seeds, while true nuts contain one or two seeds. In terms of nutrition, legumes are high in protein, low in fat, and rich in fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals. This nutritional profile makes them excellent ingredients for vegetarian diets.

Legumes are perfect ingredients for culinary dishes, adding flavorful aspects. For those on a weight loss journey, adding legumes into the diet can be beneficial.

You may also consider making your peanut butter at home and using it as a morning breakfast spread! Homemade peanut butter is healthier than commercial products with added sugars, oils, and fats.

What is a True Nut?

Pecans and walnuts are true nuts.

True nuts are grown from trees and are a type of fruit composed of a hard shell enclosing a single seed. The edible seeds are referred to as "nuts." Examples of true nuts include pecans and walnuts.

However, another interesting fact is that nuts don't only come from true nuts; they can also come from drupes.


Almonds, cashews and pistachios came from drupes.

A drupe is a type of fruit with a fleshy outer layer and a hard stone-like pit (with a seed inside). Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and cashews come from drupes. Similar to true nuts, nuts from drupes are often used as snacks, in cooking, or for baking.

In a simple comparison, regardless of where the nuts (including peanuts) come from, they all taste delicious and unique in their ways!

Type of Peanuts

Camel peanuts come in different variation and depending on your preference of taste and texture, you will definitely find one that suits you! If you prefer original taste, the roasted peanuts, shandong groundnuts and the roasted groundnuts, you will love it!

For a more crunchy texture, you will find more crunchier with the cracker peanuts and ikan bilis peanuts.

In need to satisfy your sweet and nutty cravings? The sugar and sweet peanuts would satisfy your crave!

Every nut comes with its own uniqueness in taste, texture, nutrition, and health benefits. Explore Camel Nuts' wide variety of nuts collection, and you will find one that best suits you!

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