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Stinky, smelly gingko biloba fruit: What to do?

Beth Fleischer dawgnospam at alaska.com
Thu Nov 4 13:44:02 EST 1999

When I was a child we used to call those trees STINKOS

Alice Ramirez wrote in message ...
>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 ix.netcom.com>, bobsey at ix.netcom.com 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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