What Is The Difference Between A Nut And A Seed

Have you ever been confused when it comes to differentiating a seed and nut? Mixing up the difference between a seed and a nut is quite common.

According to botany, a seed is a product of a fertilized ovule from a gymnosperm and angiosperm plants. It consists of three parts: An embryo An endosperm – food storage for the embryo Seed coat – a covering shield  Examples of seeds are rice, beans, wheat, peanuts, barley, etc.

Definition of a Seed

Definition of a Nut

Botany defines a nut as a type of hard seed that is indehiscent (does not split open when matured). They consist of seed and fruit (i.e. nuts are a type of fruit). The examples of true nuts are hazelnut, chestnut, acorn, etc.  

Nuts are usually one-seeded fruit. On the other hand, seeds are the propagative components of a plant.  The puzzling and interesting thing is that a nut is a seed, but a seed can’t be a nut. The dry hard shell fruit of nuts does not split open when mature. But a seed normally opens and break out from their shell ...

What Is The Difference Between a Nut and a Seed

Misconceptions about Nuts and Seeds

Most foods that we call nuts, in reality, are not. Surprising right? Examples of such are cashew nut, walnut, pecans, macadamias nut, pistachios, almonds, coconut are drupes. Brazil nuts and ...

What Is The Difference Between A Nut And A Seed

Botany defines nuts as hard seeds that do not split open when mature. But seeds do break open when mature. Most food we call nuts is usually not. Nuts are seeds, but seeds can never be a nut.