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I make sure all of my recipes use foods that are free of the allergens they say they are free of. You will need to do the same. For help with this, please see the appropriate "Alternative Names" page for the allergen(s) you need the recipe free of.

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Alternative Names for Tree Nuts and Helpful Links

This content was accurate at the time of posting, but it is possible that it is outdated at the time of your viewing.  Please, do NOT let this information replace the advice of your doctor/allergist.  ALWAYS follow their instructions and recommendations over mine.  


Ingredients change often, companies change hands, and policies change.  What once was safe, can now be unsafe.  For your own health and safety, please make it a habit of ALWAYS reading the ingredients of EVERYTHING before you buy it.

Also, if you notice that I have a product listed as "safe" for your particular allergen/sensitivity needs, PLEASE let me know so that I can update my information.  I strive to keep things current, but I do miss things from time to time.  Your help in this matter is invaluable to provide the most current information to my readers.  

Thank you so much!

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As with all food allergens, check EVERY label, EVERY time, EVEN IN NON-FOODS!!  Tree nuts are a very popular ingredient in soaps, lotions, etc. because it is "natural" and they have great properties for skin, hair, etc.  They can also be found in things like potting soil and bird seed/feeders.  It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Alternative Names for Tree Nuts*
  1. ANYTHING with Almond in the name
  2. Anacardium nuts (cashew)

  3. Anacardium occidentale (Anacardiaceae) (cashew) 

  4. Artificial nuts (any tree nut)

  5. Beech nut 

  6. Brazil nut 

  7. Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil nut)
  8. Lecythidaceae (Brazil nut) 

  9. Bush nut 

  10. Butternut 

  11. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea nut)

  12. Canarium ovatum Engl. in A. DC. (Pili nut)
  13. Burseraceae (Pili nut) 

  14. Caponata (any tree nut)

  15. Carya illinoensis (pecan)
  16. Juglandaceae (pecan) 

  17. Carya spp. (Hickory nut)
  18.  (Juglandaceae) (Hickory nut)
  19. Cashew 

  20. Castanea pumila (Chinquapin)

  21. Fagaceae (Chinquapin or Chestnut)
  22. ANYTHING with Chestnut in the name

  23. Chinquapin  

  24. Coconut*
  25. Cocos nucifera L. (coconut)* 
  26. Arecaceae (coconut)* 
  27. Palmae (coconut)*

  28. Corylus spp. (Filbert/hazelnut) 
  29. Betulaceae (Filbert/hazelnut) 

  30. Filbert 

  31. Fagus spp. (beech nut) 
  32. Fagaceae (beech nut)

  33. Gianduja (hazelnut)

  34. Ginko nut 

  35. Ginkgo biloba L. (Ginko nut)
  36. Ginkgoaceae (Ginko nut) 

  37. Hazelnut 

  38. Heartnut 

  39. Hickory nut 

  40. Indian nut 

  41. Juglans cinerea (Butternut, Walnut, Heartnut) 
  42. Juglandaceae (Butternut, Walnut, Heartnut) 

  43. Karite (shea nut) 

  44. Lichee nut 

  45. Litchi chinensis Sonn. Sapindaceae (lichee nut) 

  46. Lychee nut 

  47. Macadamia nut 

  48. Macadamia spp. (Macadamia nut/Bush nut)
  49. Proteaceae (Macadamia nut/Bush nut)

  50. Mandelonas (almond)

  51. Marzipan (almond)

  52. Mashuga nuts 

  53. Nangai nuts 

  54. Natural and artificial flavoring (all tree nuts)**

  55. Natural nut extract (i.e. almond extract) (all tree nuts)

  56. Nougat (all tree nuts)

  57. Nu-Nuts® (all tree nuts)

  58. Nut butters (e.g., Almond butter, Hazelnut butter, Brazil nut butter, Macadamia nut butter, Pistachio nut butter, Shea nut butter, Karike butter, etc.) (all tree nuts, depending on flavor)

  59. Nut meal (all tree nuts)

  60. Nutella ® (hazelnut)

  61. Nutmeat (all tree nuts)

  62. Nut oil (i.e. Walnut oil, almond oil) (all tree nuts, depending on flavor)

  63. Nut paste (all tree nuts) 

  64. Nut pieces (all tree nuts)

  65. Pecan 

  66. Pesto (pine nut)

  67. Pigñolia (pine nut)

  68. Pili nut 

  69. Pine nut 

  70. Indian nuts (pine nut)
  71. piñon, pinyon, pinon or pignon nuts (pine nut)

  72. pigndi (pine nut)

  73. Pinus spp. (pine nut)
  74. Pineaceae (pine nut) 

  75. Pistachio 

  76. Pistacia vera L. (pistachio)
  77. Anacardiaceae (pistachio) 

  78. Pralines (all tree nuts, but usually pecans or almonds)

  79. Prunus dulcis (almond)
  80. Rosaceae (almond)

  81. Shea nut or Sheanut 

  82. Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn. (Shea nut)
  83. Sapotaceae (Shea nut)

  84. Walnut
  85. Mortadella (all tree nuts)**

*Note: Though I do not consider coconut a tree nut (and label recipes that contain coconut as nut-free), I did list alternative names for coconut above and they are designated with the label (coconut) after them where needed.  I am doing this to be thorough for my readers who do consider coconut a tree nut and/or are allergic to coconut.  Also, I labeled all alternative names with the common name in parentheses, such as (almond), (pecan), etc., where needed so that if you are not allergic to say, almonds, you know that this name should be safe for you to consume/use.

**These items don't always contain tree nuts, but were included in this list for those who are highly sensitive and to be above board for those who need to be more cautious.  

Please note that the food labeling in the USA has come a long way, and the FDA now requires that the top 8 major allergens be clearly marked.  That means that if an item is derived from milk, eggs, seafood, fish, soy, wheat, peanuts or tree nuts, it needs to say that somewhere on the label.  However, this only applies to foods produced in the USA at this time and there are some ingredients that the FDA considers "safe" for everyone - even those with food allergens.  For example, soy lecithin and soy oil are considered "safe" by the FDA, so occasionally those ingredients will fall under things like "natural flavors" or even be in the ingredients' label of an item marked "soy-free".   It is my hope that labeling laws will eventually be 100% transparent, but until then, calls to manufacturers need to be made from time to time, and you will need to read labels EVERY SINGLE TIME to make sure a food fits your allergen needs.  This information is not meant to scare or overwhelm you, but to inform you so that you can be aware.  Awareness is power, and it can help bring great change!  If you ever need help with anything in regard to your or a loved one's food allergies, please don't hesitate to email me, and I'll help you find the right resources to help you on your journey. .

Helpful Tree Nut-Free Links

  • Kids With Food Allergies'  Tree Nut Avoidance List.  Kids With Food Allergies is a great resource in general with lots of helpful information.
  • Tree Nut allergy page on FARE.
  • Allergic Child's Top 8:Tree Nuts page.
  • Puritan's Pride has a lot of vitamins that are tree nut-free.
  • Snack Safely is a great place to quickly check to see if your potential snack is safe or not for your allergens.
  • has some great multiple food allergy blogs listed, as well as lots of specific info to particular food allergies. A great site for more info on avoiding allergens and finding information.
  • Natural Candy Store has some great candy that is free of the top 8 allergens!
  • Buiced claims to have vitamins that are non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and caffeine-free.  Basically, they say their product is top 8 free.
  • Ceela Naturals has "gluten, soy, nut, dairy, cruelty free vegan skin care".  To read my review on some of these products, go here.
  • Google and Bing can be a great help in finding more alternative names for tree nuts and other information about tree nut allergies.  Just search "tree nut allergies" or "names for tree nuts" and you will get a ton of sites to look through.
If you have any more sites or information for me to add, please feel free to email me or comment below.  Thanks! :)


  1. This is so helpful. I will be sharing this on my blog as well as Pinterest...thank you, Julie!! =)

    1. Awesome! Thanks, Maya, and you're welcome! I hope it can be of help to many.

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    1. You're welcome! I am glad you found it helpful. :)


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