Ginkgo, Part Used and How
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: [No name given]
Posted on: April 5, 1998

Which is the part of the ginko tree that’s usually cultivated and sold? How would I prepare the leaves or nuts as a herbal preparation?

The leaves, just before they turn yellow in the fall are used. Strip them off the tree (don’t strip the whole tree) dry in a shady airy place and store in a dark jar. Use 2-3 to infuse with hot water for a tea.

The nuts are borne on female trees only, but until mature you can’t tell which tree is what gender. These nuts are enclosed in a very foul-smelling fruit. Harvest when they fall off the tree and collect using rubber gloves. Strip off flesh( Using rubber gloves) Crack and enjoy cooked in soups etc.

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