Why aren’t peanuts, pecans and almonds real nuts?

Fitting food into categories is a tricky business. Tomatoes and avocados grow like fruit but taste like vegetables. A watermelon is actually a berry, and so is an eggplant. And if that weren’t hard enough to swallow, it turns out that most of the “nuts” we love to munch on aren’t really nuts at all. 

Almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews and even pecans — they’re all just masquerading as nuts. How did we get it so wrong? The trouble is that buyers and botanists think about nuts very differently. 

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