National Nut Day


Photo of pecans Photos of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts at the Sweet Auburn Market in Atlanta, GA on September 24, 2010.

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(CNN) — In case you missed out on National Grab Some Nuts Day back in August, lucky for you, October 22 is National Nut Day.

Most nut trees grow in warm environments, and a lot of nuts are native to the Southern Hemisphere. Here are five fun nut facts from the Australian tree nut industry group, “Nuts for Life”:

– Ever wondered why you can’t find cashews sold in the shell? That’s because part of the shell contains urushiol, the same poison found in poison ivy.

– The first mention of hazelnuts can be dated back to a Chinese manuscript from 2838 BC.

– Brazil nuts are actually the seed of a very large tree found in the Amazon jungle, hence the name.

– Pistachios are the only (edible) nut that don’t need to be shelled before you roast them.

– Bitter almonds contain hydrogen cyanide. Luckily, the type of almonds consumed commercially isn’t the bitter variety.

By Emily Smith

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