Are there any nuts that are not tree nuts?

Nuts are a delicious snack enjoyed by many. Some people might have nut allergies, and they can’t indulge in the same way others do. It’s essential to know which nuts you can eat if you’re allergic to some specific ones or want variation in your diet. So let’s dig into the world of nuts and find out what non-tree-nuts options we have available.

What are tree nuts?

To understand what non-tree-nuts could be, we need first to establish what “tree nut” means. As it sounds, it is all about seeds from trees or plants that grow in shells surrounded by a hard outer layer with an edible kernel inside them. These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts

If this seems confusing for someone new sourcing their information on fauna-based diets (go veganism!), look no further; these varieties of foods usually come under the “nuts” category due to their respective versatility while cooking.

Types of Non Tree-Nut Options

Don’t worry – peanuts aren’t tree nuts (Yes! You heard it right)…

Non Tree Nut Options
Pine Nuts
Colocasia roots (Taro)


Peanuts are legumes like chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and black beans rather than being actual nuts as they grow underground like other types of legumes. Nonetheless their nutritional values since also lies within its variant ranges when roasted/salted/flavoured/segregated for different palates in comparison as well.


Coconuts belong to the palm family and often used in tropical desserts, curries or rice dishes. They are packed with numerous nutritional benefits like dietary fibre which makes them a popular plant-based snack option.

Pine nuts

Pine nuts come from the pinecone of several pines around the world, which aren’t trees themselves but belong to a specific group known botanically as Gymnosperms (talk about jargon for days! I mean where do they come up with these names?). These usually find their use in salads, pesto sauces or added to grilled veggies/nut oil dressings due to their aromatic essence.

Colocasia roots (Taro)

Deserving another mention on this list is Taro – namely because it deserves some love too (What amazing purple potatoes!). It belongs to the Araceae family that you can spot mostly growing alongside water bodies; these native vegetables in South India provide arguable competition even next its Nutty breeders out there sporting its own distinct taste palate . This tuber root vegetable comes topped off anyways by an impressive number of minerals making it diversity within itself.

Concluding Thoughts

We all live among and see tons of beautiful flora around us every day without ever acknowledging them. There add something special/unique worth both our time/efforts when we step beyond traditional diets hardwired like Monkey See-Monkey Do taught since primitive times. Branching out (No pun intended) into trying new things/cultures does not only boosts curiosity but also adds excitement towards how differently we start perceiving life/events akin yet differently altogether as well.

It’s this fantastic surreal notion afterall that Man doesn’t necessarily require nature in order just keep destroying itself rather highlighting what harmony between said two entities looks like – something so pertinent especially now more than ever given current events/fate patterns taking place worldwide.