Gingko nuts - 銀杏
So, we have a gingko tree in our garden. The first few years it did give fruits and we thought we won't have the pleasure to eat fresh gingko nuts but also not the nuisance of the horrible smell. But then... it started to bear fruits and we started to harvest them, or sometimes it was more just to clean and limit the smell in the garden!!!! So the season has arrived again to collect fallen gingko nuts (about a bucket every day!), and to give away many (most) of them to our neighbors, but this year we also prepared some for ourselves with an enhanced technique! I remember having the nauseous smell in my nose for days after preparing them last time. So we came better equipped: masks with a drop of tea-tree essential oil. Then to remove the small bits of skins we used stones in a bucket and water and it was really easy. And dried them in the sun rather than the oven. Finally it was a bit long but not at all as terrible as I remember it was!!! Next is the cooking, but for that I know for sure we'll have rice with gingko nuts, grilled gingko nuts, and probably vegetables stew!