The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) or maidenhair tree, is the only living member of the Ginkgophyta, which dates back some 286 million years ago. There are both male and female plants and the female fruits have a very disagreeable odor, so male trees are preferred for gardening.
Ginkgo nuts are the seeds of this tree, and roasted ginkgo nuts are a delicacy in China and Japan. They are available fresh or canned (shelled, skinned and parboiled) and are used it stir fries, soups and stews.
The largest Ginkgo farm in the world is in Sumter, South Carolina.
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