A drupe in every bite Like 0 Twitter Alen McFadzean Follow Feb. 23, 2017, 2:05 p.m. in Life and Styles Views: 637 Like us on facebook LIKE a bud bursting on a winter twig, a strange word has sprung from dormancy and entered my lexicon: drupe. You may have been familiar with this word since childhood, even knowingly engaged in plucking a variety of drupes from trees. But it’s a new word for me. Almonds aren’t nuts – they are drupes, I have discovered. I can’t say my world has been shattered by this revelation, but its axis has shifted a couple of degrees. Nuts are nuts, but drupes are fruits with a thin outer skin, soft pulpy flesh and a hard centre that encloses a seed. Apricots, plums and cherries are drupes. So are almonds, it appears – a fact I became aware of while planting an almond tree a couple of days ago. I feel cheated because I liked the notion of planting a little nut tree in Spain (“the king of Spain’s daughter”, and all that). In fact, I haven’t felt so cheated since I bought four tickets to see Lonnie Donegan in Newcastle, three days before he died in a Peterborough hotel room. Got my money back, mind. The revelation has spurred a flurry of research, on my part, into nut world – or non-nut world, as I should call it; perhaps even fake-nut world or alternative-nut world. Coconuts aren’t nuts, they are drupes. Brazil nuts aren’t nuts, they are seeds contained in a pod. Walnuts aren’t nuts either; they are drupes. Cashew nuts are the seeds of the cashew drupe. Peanuts are a type of pea that grows underground. Quite where conkers fit in is a mystery as yet unsolved. Where this leaves the Christmas nut bowl I dare not say. My investigation has revealed that only hazelnuts and sweet chestnuts are true nuts. Meanwhile, almond trees are blossoming all over Andalucia, so there will be a bumper drupe crop this year. Better get the drupe-crackers out. I’ll leave you with some pretty pictures. Visit Alen McFadzean's websites Because They're There and Awkward Roads Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles My Ultimate Car Trip Playlist Life and Styles My Satellite Life and Styles Pregnant and Loving it?