Go nuts over these nutty facts

Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date all the way back to 10,000 BC.

If you love almonds as much as we do, thank bumblebees! Almonds can’t grow on their own. They need bees to help them pollinate.

The shell of the cashew is toxic and can’t be eaten. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is primarily contained in their shell.

Pistachio is known as the “smiling nut” in Iran and the “happy nut” in China.

Macadamia nuts are never picked. They are harvested from the ground after they fall off the tree.

Brazil nuts are a truly special nut. They require a specific bee to be pollinated and take as long as 10 to 30 years to mature.

Peanuts aren’t actually nuts – they’re legumes.

Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg asked that a pecan tree be planted at his gravesite.

Ancient Greeks believed hazelnuts could treat coughing and baldness.

Almonds have a long storage life and can be refrigerated for up to 2 years.

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