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Is a Walnut a Fruit or Vegetable?

By Chelsea Hoffman ; Updated September 21, 2017
A walnut possesses a flesh center surrounded by a hard shell.

A walnut is actually a drupe, which is a fruit that contains an outer husk. Other drupes, include peaches, nectarines and blackberries. Also known as "false nuts," walnuts share this classification with kukui nuts, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts.


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The author of such novels as “Planet Omega” and the romantic drama, “Chloe and Louis,” Chelsea Hoffman devotes her time to writing about a myriad of different topics like gardening, beauty, crafts, cooking and medical research. She's published with Dobegreen.Com, The Daily Glow and other websites, and maintains the site Beauty Made Fresh.