Complete List of Tree Nuts

Feb 25, 2017 by


Tree Nuts

Tree nut allergies are one of the most common food allergies in children and adults.  Tree nuts can cause severe, potentially fatal, allergic reactions, and avoiding tree nuts can prove difficult because they can be found in some unexpected “hidden” places such as barbecue sauces, salad dressings, coffee, and even cold cuts. An estimated 1.8 million Americans have an allergy to tree nuts, and allergic reactions to tree nuts are the second leading causes of fatal and near-fatal reactions to foods. Some people who are allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts and vice versa.

One of the first question people ask is: What exactly is a tree nut?

The following are considered “Tree Nuts” as currently defined by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration):

Common or usual name

Scientific name


Prunus dulcis (Rosaceae)

Beech nut

Fagus spp. (Fagaceae)

Brazil nut

Bertholletia excelsa (Lecythidaceae)


Juglans cinerea (Juglandaceae)


Anacardium occidentale (Anacardiaceae)

Chestnut (Chinese, American, European, Seguin)

Castanea spp. (Fagaceae)


Castanea pumila (Fagaceae)


Cocos nucifera L. (Arecaceae (alt. Palmae))


Corylus spp. (Betulaceae)

Ginko nut

Ginkgo biloba L. (Ginkgoaceae)

Hickory nut

Carya spp. (Juglandaceae)

Lichee nut

Litchi chinensis Sonn. Sapindaceae

Macadamia nut/Bush nut

Macadamia spp. (Proteaceae)


Carya illinoensis (Juglandaceae)

Pine nut/Pinon nut

Pinus spp. (Pineaceae)

Pili nut

Canarium ovatum Engl. in A. DC. (Burseraceae)


Pistacia vera L. (Anacardiaceae)


Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn. (Sapotaceae)

Walnut ( English, Persian, Black, Japanese, California), Heartnut, Butternut

Juglans spp. (Juglandaceae)

For a direct link to the FDA’s up-to-date list of tree nuts click here:

Here’s to your & your family’s good health!

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