I was searching the internet when I decided to look up different types of nuts and where they come from. I have decided to share what I have found with you, readers. Aren't you excited? You may already know a lot of this already but, nevermind!
The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives. It usually contains a single sead enclosed in a tough leathery shell and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Many wildlife eat acorns. These include; birds such as jays, pigeons, some ducks and several species of woodpecker, mammals such as mice, squirrels and several other rodents and also large mammals such as pigs, bears and deer. Acorns are toxic to horses. Acorns can be stored for long periods of time after drying to discourage mould.
Chestnuts come from the chestnut tree of which there are three types; European, Asiatic and American. The flowers of the chestnut tree appear in late spring or early summer. Two to three flowers form together a four-lobed prickly calybium, which ultimately grows completely together to make the brown hull or husk covering the fruits. The fruit is contained in a spiny cupule or burr which are often paired or clustered on a branch and contain one to seven nuts. Around the time the fruit reached maturity, the burrs turn yellow-brown and split open in two to four sections. Chestnuts produce a better crop when subjected to chill temperatures during the dormant period. Frosts and snowfalls are beneficial rather than harmful to the trees.
Almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ("nut") inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. The almond tree is a decidous tree. The young twigs are green at first, becoming purplish when exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year. The flowers are white or pale pink with five petals.
So there you have it, I also researched cashews, pistachios, pecans and walnuts but I think that is enough for now, don't you?
Until next time, my dears.
Miss Aalyn xx