Sunday, January 4, 2015

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THE CAMEMBERT OF NUTS

The fruit of the Maidenhair Tree (ginkgo biloba)
falls to the ground in early winter,
and is referred to as the "camembert of nuts"
by Asian cooks,
because of its "stinky cheese" soft outer shell.

Although totally edible, with its pungent sweet taste,
it is the inner seed that is prized 
and widely used in Chinese cooking.

Easily squeezed from its soft outer shell,
"gingko nuts" are usually toasted, boiled or stir fried,
and are a familiar seasonal ingredient 
in many Asian dishes.

In addition to their unique flavor,
these nuts are high in minerals and anti-oxidants,
and used as a treatment to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

A popular Chinese sweet dessert
is made from boiled coconut meat and gingko seeds.

(The beautiful gingko tree, with its distinctive
fan-shaped leaves, happens to be my favorite tree.)

15 comments:

  1. It is my favorite tree ...
    I did not know that its fruits are edible!
    A yellow kiss!

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  2. Just stopping by to wish you happy new year

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  3. I have never eaten. Thank you for your information, that's interesting.
    Beautiful photos.

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  4. Hello Rick,
    I love the Ginko tree and its magnificent leaves, especially in autumn!
    A very interesting post, since I discover that the fruits are edible.
    Have a great 2015 year, all the best my friend :)

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  5. ✿ه° ·.
    Não conheço essa árvore e nem os frutos, mas adorei o amarelo e a textura das flores na quarta foto.

    Ótimo domingo! Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.

    ╲\╭┓╱
    ╭✿ ╯
    ┗╯\╲

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  6. wow, nice; and you can flavor oil with this fruit too; always goof to read about your good eats, Rick. Greetings

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  7. Una fruto curioso y con una diversidad de sabores muy interesantes. Gran aportación amigo mío. Recibe un abrazo y feliz 2015

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  8. Muy interesante fruto, no lo conocía. El reportaje estupendo Rick
    Saludos

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  9. Très belles photos!
    Bonne et heureuse année 2015, beaucoup de bonheur et joie !
    Merci de tes passages sur mes pages, à bientôt!
    Gros bisous- Cath

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  10. The beauty of ginkgo is unquestionable. I knew nothing about the qualities of its fruits. Here they are a problem for his stinky smell. Every year the forest walks in the city have to be cleaned.
    Your series of photos is great.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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  11. muito interessante,gostei de saber sobre esse fruto,feliz 2015,meu abraço!!!
    Zil

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  12. Es interesante. Había oído hablar de ellos, pero no sabía como eran :)

    Muchos besos

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  13. Thank you for introducing me this fruit!
    What wonderful intense yellow leaf..
    a hug

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