How to Tell The Difference Between Nuts & Seeds

How to Tell The Difference Between Nuts & Seeds

You may often hear nuts and seeds mentioned in the same breath, besides finding them in the same aisles in stores. However, do you know the actual differences between them? While it may be easy to fall into the trap that anything with a “nut” in its name is a nut, that’s not true of peanuts, which are actually legumes. In this article, we explain some of the differences between nuts and seeds.


To define a nut in a botanical sense, it simply refers to a seed contained within a hard shell that does not open naturally to release the seed upon maturation. However, when we define things from a culinary sense, any edible kernel that is enclosed within a shell can be referred to as a nut. Besides peanuts, cashews, macadamias and almonds are three more examples of what we know as “nuts” that do not qualify as such in a botanical sense.

Nuts are rich in protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, making them a rice source of nutrients for humans. Coming with many health benefits, some people prefer to pick and choose specific nuts to add to their diets, whereas others prefer an assortment.


Enclosed in a seed coat which usually comes with stored food, seeds are made out of three main parts: the embryo, endosperm and seed coat. While some nuts can also be seeds, a seed is not a nut by definition. You may already know of some common seeds eaten by humans such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds and chia seeds. Some seeds do not require their husks to be removed before consumption whereas others do. Another seed that is popular for consumption is sunflower seeds.

Seeds are also great sources of nutrients and can be added to different foods for consumption. For instance, chia seeds are commonly added to juices and jellies whereas poppy seeds can be baked in bread.


Peanuts are not actually nuts as they grow underground in pods, much like peas. This is where the “pea” in their name comes from. The defining characteristic of legumes is pods containing multiple fruit. Besides peanuts, common examples include lentils, edamame, licorice, soy beans and many more.

Buy A Variety of Nuts and Seeds at Jaybee's Nuts

Whether you are looking for nuts and seeds to boost your diet, Jaybee’s Nuts is your go-to place. We carry a wide range of nuts and seeds to suit your individual needs and preferences, including pecans, brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, macadamias and peanuts. You are sure to find what you are looking for when you shop with us. Since Jaybee’s Nuts’ inception in 2015, we have been providing top-quality nuts for our satisfied customers. With doorstep delivery and a wide range of jars and gift baskets, it has never been easier to kickstart your healthy eating journey today. If you have questions or would like some recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact us today.