There are many different sources for different kinds of nuts.
It isn’t necessarily common knowledge to know how nuts go from farm to table. We are here to help you understand where nuts are grown and what types of grown on bushes.
What Nut Grows Underground?
While it is often categorized as a nut, a peanut is technically a legume.
Legumes have a shell that folds around the main seed part also known as the edible peanut part.
The peanut has a seed on the inside and a pod that encapsulates it.
Usually, when we buy a pack of peanuts, they have already removed the pod part and it is much more convenient to eat.
Often, a single peanut plant can form up to 40 peanuts “seeds” beneath the ground. It takes about 140 to 150 days from the moment peanut seeds are planted to harvesting time. It can be very tricky to time out when to harvest because the soil cannot be too dry or too wet.
When the soil is just right, the peanut legumes easily lift out of the ground during harvesting.
Since peanuts grow below the ground, there is a lot of moisture that keeps the peanuts nice and warm.
This moisture must be taken care of after the peanuts are harvested. Once the farmer has dug up the peanut plants, it is necessary to dry them out so they don’t mold and go bad.
Peanut bushes are fantastic for the soil they grow in.
Nitrogen is usually depleted when other crops are planted but peanuts produce nitrogen when they grow. This means the soil is more enriched and nutritious after a peanut plant has been planted. This is all thanks to the peanut plant growing beneath the surface!
What Nuts Are Not Considered Tree Nuts?
Nitrogen is usually depleted when other crops are planted but peanuts produce nitrogen when they grow.
This means the soil is more enriched and nutritious after a peanut plant has been planted. This is all thanks to the peanut plant growing beneath the surface!
There are a few nuts that are not considered tree nuts.
In the above section, we discussed how peanuts are not nuts but they are legumes.
This means someone that is allergic to tree nuts, may get away with being able to consume peanuts. Although trying something new should always be exercised with caution.
Besides peanuts, other “nuts” that are not technically nuts. Almonds, pistachios, and walnuts could be categorized as seeds since they are harvest from within a fleshy fruit. Although the fruits they are inside grown on trees.
The almond “nut” that we eat comes in the form of a seed from a fruit we eat.
Do Almonds Grow on a Tree or Bush?
Almonds grow on a tree, but the almond “nut” that we are used to is found inside a soft-membrane fruit.
In this case, almonds are not like peanuts. They do not grow on bushes and bury themselves beneath the ground. However, they grow inside of a fruit that hangs from a tree.
The almond tree originated in the Mediterranean climates.
Most of the almond trees that grow in the United States are found in California.
Animals in these regions often eat the stone fruit from the almond tree and spread the seeds across the region. This is nature’s tactic to reproduce for thousands of years!
There may be lingering questions about the difference between nuts that grow on bushes and nuts that grow on trees. We can explain more about the difference below.
Why Do We Call Peanuts “Nuts” Although they are Legumes?
The categorization of peanuts as nuts is due to how we use them. Many objects in our lives are categorized around how we use that object rather than by its scientific genre.
Which Other Nuts Grow Similar to Almonds?
Are Hazelnuts Legumes Since They Grow in Bushes?
Hazelnuts are in the nut family and the peanut is the only nut in the legume family.
It can be easy to think that hazelnuts are more similar to peanuts due to how they both grow low or beneath the ground.