Are Peanuts Really Nuts?

Peanuts are not nuts

Hi everyone, it’s Margery Mouse here!

Did you know peanuts are not actually nuts?

Why is that? Well that’s what today’s topic is about.

Peanuts, even though they have similar qualities to nuts (hard shell, only a couple of kernels where other legumes have more, having the word nut in the name), are regarded as legumes due to their underground origins. Tree nuts grow in trees.

So, what does this mean if you’re allergic to peanuts? Should you also avoid other legumes such as soya beans, peas and beans? Probably not, but it is worth getting some professional advice if you are worried.

People with peanut allergies are at a higher risk of tree nut allergies (e.g. walnuts, almonds, cashews) even though peanuts are not closely related to tree nuts botanically - how very confusing! This is because the structure of the proteins are similar, and so people who are allergic to peanuts can also be allergic to tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans, and cashews.

Unlike with tree nuts, there does not appear to be a high level of cross-reactivity between peanuts and other legumes. If you are concerned always seek medical advice.

Just so you know, Moo Free Chocolates does use hazelnuts in the Hazelnuts & Cranberry and Caramelised Nibs bars but we do not use any peanuts in any of our products. We also try to minimise any cross contamination with other bars by cleaning the machines after we use hazelnuts.