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Nuts but no nuts (botanically)

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A nut in cuisine is a much less restrictive category than a nut in botany, as the term is applied to many seeds that are not botanically true nuts. Any large, oily kernels found within a shell and used in food are commonly called nuts. Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Because nuts generally have a high oil content, they are a highly prized food and energy source. A large number of seeds are edible by humans and used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food, or pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics. Nuts (or seeds generally) are also a significant source of nutrition for wildlife. This is particularly true in temperate climates where animals such as jays and squirrels store acorns and other nuts during the autumn to keep from starving during the late autumn, all of winter, and early spring. Nuts used for food, whether true nut or not, are among the most common food allergens.[3] Raw mixed nuts, sold as a snack food. This is a "fancy" mix, meaning that it does not include peanuts. Some fruits and seeds that do not meet the botanical definition but are nuts in the culinary sense