Stinky, smelly gingko biloba fruit: What to do?

Alice Ramirez alice at
Wed Oct 27 17:40:30 EST 1999

Dear Maria, 
This won't help your problem with the badly-situated tree, but the INNER
nut is edible.  I have seen it for sale, canned, in ethnic markets or
supermarkets in ethnic neighborhoods here in LA.  I bought a can.  The
canning technique ruins the flavor/texture and they tasted like cheese. 
There is a less-prolific gingko tree here on the UCLA campus that
occasionally drops fruit.  I got rid of the outer fruit and tried the
inner nut, raw, and it tasted just like a pignola, and had the same
texture.  Probably good roasted, if you could find a way to get rid of the
inedible outer flesh.

When you consider that this is one of the oldest tree species in existence
-- it existed during the Cretacious and, along with cycads and other
angiosperms, fed dinosaurs -- it is no wonder that it is prolific.  It
must  have needed to, to survive when so many other species from that era
became extinct.  I hope this makes you feel a LITTLE better as you scrape
muck off your sidewalk.  I hope somebody can offer a solution, a product
similar to what is used to prevent fruiting in olives.

In article <3814F981.B193EAD at>, bobsey at wrote:

> I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem; perhaps someone can
> offer a solution. I'm talking about a female ginkgo biloba tree that
> drops its fruit all over the sidewalk in front of my house. The tree is
> pretty, but that doesn't make up for the mess and smell, not to mention
> the hazard to passers-by who may slip and fall on the slick pulpy
> sidewalk. This is a VERY prolific tree, much more so than others in the
> neighborhood.  


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