Posted by: Ealing Transition Community Garden | December 2, 2010

Gingko Forage – Saturday 4 December

Mari is leading us on a Gingko forage in Gunnersbury Park this Saturday, 4th December.

For those of you who don’t know what Gingko is, or is used for, here is an extract from wikipedia:
“The nut-like gametophytes inside the seeds are particularly esteemed in Asia, and are a traditional Chinese food. Ginkgo nuts are used in congee, and are often served at special occasions such as weddings and the Chinese New Year (as part of the vegetarian dish called Buddha’s delight). In Chinese culture, they are believed to have health benefits; some also consider them to have aphrodisiac qualities. Japanese cooks add Ginkgo seeds (called ginnan) to dishes such as chawanmushi, and cooked seeds are often eaten along with other dishes.”

Time: 11am Saturday
Place to meet: main gate into Gunnersbury on Popes Lane (near to the museum and opposite Gunnersbury Drive)
Things to bring: a pair of rubber gloves & two or three disposable plastic bags for the gloves & gingko biloba (the outer fleshy coating is really stinky & might cause allergic reaction on the skin)

Bad weather plans: if it is really miserable, we may postpone. Check updates on the blog for details

Mari will teach us how to identify the gingko tree and how to gather the seeds. Those that are interested can then join us at Mari’s house in South Ealing (near the allotment site), where she will show us how to prepare and cook the gingko.

Contact on the day if you are lost, or come late and can’t find us – Mari 077 9288 8974, Sarah 0794 8838 344


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