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Nuts are mentioned among the good things of the land which the sons of Israel were to take as a present to Joseph in Egypt. Gen. 43:11. There can scarcely be a doubt that the Hebrew word, here translated “nuts,” denotes the fruit of the pistachio tree (Pistacia vera), for which Syria and Palestine have been long famous. In Song. 6:11 a different Hebrew word is translated “nuts.” In all probability it here refers to the walnut tree. According to Josephus the walnut tree was formerly common, and grew most luxuriantly around the Lake of Gennesareth.


Pistachio Nuts.