Peanuts (ground nuts) are a legume and therefore from a different botanical family to tree nuts that grow on trees. If you have peanut allergy it’s safer to avoid all nut products. Sometimes peanuts will be stored near tree nuts, processed in the production line with tree nuts or packaged with tree nuts, so cross contamination is a reality. About 30 percent of individuals can be allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts. If you are peanut or tree nut allergic, it is critical to speak with your doctor about the possibility of eating other nuts you have not eaten before.
For more information and a PDF of the card see allergyfacts.org.au/allergy-anaphylaxis/food-allergens/peanut
Content created July 2019