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Friday, 21 October 2016


The origins of the almond go back a long, long way. It's mentioned in Genesis 43:11 where it is described as "among the best" and nine additional times in the Bible.

Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible.

In the Middle Ages, walnuts were used as a cure for headaches, probably because of their brain-like appearance.

Denmark is the only country with a tax on nuts. It was created in 1922 and increased in 2009.

Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell.

Most Brazil nuts come not from Brazil but northern Bolivia.

In Portuguese, Brazil nut pods are called ouricos, or 'hedgehogs'.

Brazils, cashews, coconuts, peanuts and walnuts are not nuts (according to botanical definition, they are a mixture of seeds and legumes).

The term in a nutshell means in the fewest possible words, or a story told in so little words than it could physically fit in the shell of a nut. Its origin dates back to the ancient Roman encyclopaedist Pliny the Elder, who claimed that a copy of Homer's The Iliad existed that was small enough to fit inside a walnut shell. in the early 1700s the Bishop of Avranches tested Pliny's theory by writing out the epic in tiny handwriting on a walnut-sized piece of paper and lo and behold, he succeeded.

The nursery rhyme about gathering nuts in May has nothing to do with nuts. It referred to gathering 'knots', which were posies of flowers.

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