Eating ginkgo nuts - pictures
Ginkgo "dry fried" to eat

Eating ginkgo nuts - pictures



These ginkgo nuts are "dry fried" and ready to eat. Note the brown spots. That is how to tell they are ready.

Here are green ginkgo leaves.

These ginkgo seeds are what you find while "hunting and gathering". Bring a plastic bag (or pop bottle works great) to put them in.


There are two ways to prepare as food:


"Dry fry". Put a layer of nuts in a covered frying pan with no grease, and maybe a little salt. Cook on high, shaking, for about 4 minutes. By then you'll see brown spots from almost burning. Turn the heat off and let sit another 10 minutes. A few of the fresh ones may pop open. That's it. Serve - you can crack with your teeth or a regular nutcracker. The texture is sort of soft and chewy, a little softer than a gummy bear. The taste is very mild and delicate. They are quite good..


Another way is boiling / roasting. I have not tried that completely, but here is the first test:


1. Wash the nuts as usual.

2. Crack the nuts. (Very easy with a regular nut cracker.)

3. (I think the normal thing to do next is to boil.) Put in bowl of salty water (1 cup water, 1 tsp salt). Microwave 3 min.

4. (I think the normal thing after boiling would be to string on a toothpick and roast over coals a minute or two.) I left them sitting 7 hrs. Then drained, sprinkled with salt, oven on high broil, on alum foil, 10 min.



Results: OK, but not as tasty as dry fry. Almost too plain.

(The only advantage of boiling is another site said that removes 99% of the ginkgo toxin. The seeds contain traces of the chemical that makes poison ivy blister skin (urushiol). I think I would rather just dry fry and not worry about it.)