Which nut isn’t a nut

Coconuts aren’t nuts. They are drupes (from the Greek dryppa, meaning “tree-ripened”).

Drupes are fruit and have a fleshy outer coating enclosing a hard shell containing a seed.

The word “coconut” comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word coco, which means “monkey face”.

Explorers found a resemblance to a monkey’s face in the three round indented markings found at the base of the coconut.

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