Ginkgos are thought of as living fossils and
it has been said they watched the dinosaurs roam the earth. The ancient trees are now extinct in the wild, but has been propagated in China for at least a thousand years. A fabulous landscaping tree with superb golden fall color it is also a wonderful addition to a nut orchard. The nuts are sweet and crunchy.
The fruit of the ginkgo tree look like green cherries. The pulpy outer layer surrounds a light brown shell with a creamy white nut inside. These nuts are widely used in Asian cooking. They add a wonderful texture to foods and much like soybeans, pick up the flavor of other ingredients. Ginkgo nuts are used in soups, stuffing’s, desserts, dishes containing meat and poultry, and vegetarian dishes, as well.
The nuts and leaves contain compounds reputed to improve memory function. This year we’ve been able to grow three types of ginkos: an elegant male, a female with superior nuts and unsexed seedlings. Any would make a beautiful shade tree for your yard, pick the varieties that will best suit your landscape. Give your ginkos plenty of room. Adult tree size is approximately 40 feet by 30 feet for all varieties.
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