gingkgo trees and pistachio nuts
sweeney at dionheinz.uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 22 09:34:59 EST 1993
It is fall. The ginkgo trees in Chicago have lost their leaves and
some are laden with drupe. I saw an elderly oriental couple
foraging for these fruits. My curiosity was peaked so I found a one
and examined it. By the time these hit the ground, the yellow pulp is
very soft, the skin is wrinkled, and the smell is ...well...
ginkgo-ish. The seed husk is very hard, creamy white, and shaped
like a pistachio nut. I have not opened the seed or tasted anything
I have read that both ginkgo trees and pistachio nuts are oriental.
I don't think the ginkgo nut is a pistachio nut, but are they
related? Are ginkgo nuts edible? Do they taste good? How would you
prepare them? I can't imagine eating the fruit pulp, but then we eat
many foods that I never would have tasted if left to my own devices.
Jeff sweeney at dionheinz.uchicago.edu
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