Nut is a hard shelled fruit of some plants that has an indehiscent seed. While a wide variety of dried seeds and fruits are called nuts in English, only a certain number of them are considered by biologists to be true nuts. Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.Nuts are a composite of the seed and the fruit, where the fruit does not open to release the seed. Most seeds come from fruits, and the seeds are free of the fruit, unlike nuts like hazelnuts, hickories, chestnuts and acorns, which have a stony fruit wall and originate from a compound ovary. Culinary usage of the term is less restrictive, and some nuts as defined in food preparation, like pistachios and Brazil nuts, are not nuts in a biological sense. Everyday common usage of the term often refers to any hard walled, edible kernel, as a nut.
Source Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_(fruit)
My question was; can you sprout a walnut or a pecan or a macadamia... ?
I have seen almonds sprout but is it possible to have a pine nut start growing on you?
Well Nuts are indeed seeds but once treated for consumption most will not actually sprout, yes even raw nuts. When a nut comes from a tree it is wet and fibrous inside and very vibrant and viable. To eat them they are dried, mostly at below 100O F, but dried never the less. Are they dead? Not really, the enzymes and living force is still there but other conditions for germinating and sprouting have all but gone.
To get the skinny an all nuts (that we eat anyway) I am going to send you to my friend's website where all that typing has already been done.
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