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Ginkgo

More than a culinary delight

10074528_xxlLauded for its long list of culinary and medicinal uses, ginkgo nuts are derived from Ginkgo biloba, one of the longest living tree species in the world. In fact, the use of ginkgo for treating asthma and bronchitis dates way back to 2600 BC. Nowadays, ginkgo leaf extract is well known for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Ginkgo nuts are also a common feature in local desserts such as orh-nee (yam paste) and cheng tng. However, most of Ginkgo biloba’s health benefits are found in its leaves, not nuts.

 

 

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Gingko is the “camembert of nuts”.

Just as camembert is unforgettable for its ammonia-like stink, ginkgo is also notorious for its foul smell. In fact, ginkgo trees are often discovered by the odour they emit – which has been likened to “rancid butter”, “sour milk” and… “dog crap”.

 

 

References:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/ginkgo-herbal-remedies1.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ginkgo-biloba/NS_patient-ginkgo/DSECTION=safety

Collins, Lauren. (2008, Jun 30). Smelly trees. The New Yorker, 84(19), p22.
Chin, Ava. (2009, Sep 20). What’s that smell? Hello, gingko. The New York Times, p10.

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