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January 31, 2006

Why EGb number 761

I have to do a thesis of pharmacy and I chose the Ginkgo; but I don't find why the number 761 in EGb761: can you help me? Thank you!
Topic sent by Christine Soudée (Quimper, France)

January 30, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic about multiple sclerosis and Ginkgo.
* Added Hindi name (India) for Ginkgo.

January 26, 2006

Jai a delight in the Chinese new year

This is a recipe of a vegetarian monks' dish with Ginkgo seeds (nuts) that I found here:

"Among the foods traditionally prepared during the Lunar New Year, Jai seems the most complicated. It is also perhaps the most fascinating. Known alternatively as Vegetarian's Delight or Buddhist's Delight, the dish incorporates a wide selection of dried and fresh ingredients, all of which symbolize luck and success. Eaten on the first day of the Lunar New Year, which falls this year on Sunday, it should bring you good fortune in the weeks and months ahead."

Adapted from Ellen Leong Blonder and Annabel Low's "Every Grain of Rice: A Taste of Our Chinese Childhood in America" (Clarkson Potter, 1998).

1 31/2-ounce package bean-thread noodles
20 small dried black mushrooms
1/2 ounce cloud ears
1/2 cup tiger lily buds
20 small dried jujubes (Chinese red dates)
1/2 ounce fat choy (black seaweed)
1/4 cup dried lotus seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
11/2-inch piece ginger
8 to 12 dried oysters, soaked overnight in water to cover
3/4 cup shelled ginkgo nuts
2 ounces dried bean curd sticks (also called dried bean flour skins)
4 ounces snow peas, strings removed
8 to 10 ounces tofu, cut into 3/4-inch dice
8 fresh or canned water chestnuts, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup sliced bamboo shoots, rinsed and drained
4 to 8 fresh arrowheads, lightly scraped with stems intact
12 pieces dao pok (fried wheat gluten)
2 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
1 tablespoon red bean curd
1 tablespoon fermented bean curd
Seasoning mixture:
3 cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Soak the bean-thread noodles in water for 2 hours. Put the mushrooms in a small bowl with hot water. Let stand 30 to 45 minutes to soften. Cut and discard the stems. Rinse the caps, squeeze dry and cut into quarter-inch-thick slices.
Put the cloud ears, tiger lily buds, jujubes, fat choy and lotus seeds in separate bowls, add hot water to cover and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the cloud ears well, drain, cut and discard any hard parts. Rinse and drain the tiger lily buds, cut the hard ends. Drain the jujubes. Rinse the fat choy and put it in a small saucepan with the salt, 1 teaspoon of the oil, the ginger and water to cover. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat and let stand 10 minutes. Drain the fat choy and gently squeeze out the water.
Open the lotus seeds and discard the bitter green parts inside. Put the lotus seeds in a small saucepan with water to cover, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
Rinse the soaked oysters to remove any sand. Trim off any tough parts. Steam the oysters in a small dish for 10 minutes over medium heat until soft. Put the ginkgo nuts in a small saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer five minutes. Drain, then skin. Break the bean curd sticks into two- to three-inch pieces. Soak for 30 minutes in a small saucepan with water to cover, simmer about 10 minutes to soften, then drain. Drain the bean thread noodles, then cut into six-inch lengths.

(You can prepare the recipe to this point one day in advance. Cover the individual ingredients separately and refrigerate.)

Blanch the snow peas in boiling water for 30 seconds. Rinse them under cold water and drain. Combine ingredients for the seasoning mixture in a medium bowl and set aside.
Combine the mushrooms, cloud ears, tiger lily buds, fat choy, lotus seeds, oysters, ginkgo nuts, tofu, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, arrowheads and dao pok (fried wheat gluten) in a large bowl. Combine the bean thread noodles and bean curd sticks in a second bowl, and the jujubes, Napa cabbage and snow peas in a third bowl.
Heat a wok over high heat, then heat one tablespoon of oil. Add the red and fermented bean curd, lower the heat to medium-high and cook 15 seconds, breaking it up with a spatula. Stir in the seasoning mixture, bring to a boil, and cook for two to three minutes. Add the mushroom mixture and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the bean thread noodles and bean curd sticks and cook four minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining ingredients and cook two minutes longer, tossing gently to distribute the Napa cabbage evenly.

Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition could not be accurately calculated.

January 25, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Russian Fed., Germany.

January 23, 2006

Deer don't eat Ginkgo leaves

In my guestbook someone wrote a message about an experience with deer and Ginkgo leaves. I'd like to share it with you:

USA, Coquille, OR
The deer won't eat the leaves!
It's 5' tall and only been in the ground a year. I'm hoping that it will survive the
wet climate. It's well drained. IF it survives, it should become a very popular tree,
as the deer leave it alone.
That in itself should should establish it as a 'tree to have'!

January 21, 2006

Ginkgo in Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In Kew “The Old Lions” are some of the few remaining trees, among which a Ginkgo, with the oldest actual known planting date of 1762.
In 2002 this Ginkgo became one of the 50 “Great British Trees” in a scheme run by the Tree Council to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Read more here.

January 17, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New recognition: Usborne Internet-linked Science Encyclopedia.
* On this page (readers for readers) many new photos.

January 16, 2006

Maidenhair tree panel

Stained glass panel by Ichiro Tashiro, Japan. It is part of a panel made in 24 sections for ease of transportation. According to Tashiro's website the owner moves frequently and wants to have the panel all the time. It can be dismantled and assembled in less than 30 minutes.
More photos on his website. I think it's wonderful!

January 13, 2006

Ginkgo tree guide

A short description of the Ginkgo on the site of the National Arbor Day Foundation: "We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people".
Click here to read the guide.

ConsumerLab test results

The FDA does not regulate supplements.
The best advice when buying ginkgo supplements is read the label carefully. Look specifically for ginkgo extract.

The following Ginkgo biloba supplements were approved by

1. AARP Formula 842 Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Supplement, 60 mg, 60 mg GBE/capsule, 2 per day, Dist. by United Healthcare Products, LLC
2. Ginkgoba(r) Brand, 40 mg GBE/tablet, 3 per day, Dist. by Alan James Group
3. Good 'N Natural Maximum Strength Ginkgo Biloba Standardized Extract 100 mg, 100 mg GBE/softgel, 1 per day, Mfd. by Good 'N Natural Manufacturing Corp.
4. Herbal Supplement Ginkgo-Go(r)!, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, 120 mg GBE/caplet, 1 per day, Mfd. by Wakunaga of America Co.
5. Maxi Ginkgo Biloba(tm), 6% Terpene Lactones, 24% Ginkgo Flavonglycosides, 60 mg GBE/capsule, 1-3 per day, Dist. by Maxi-Health Research Inc
6. Nature's Plus(r) Ultra Ginkgo(r) 100, 100 mg GBE/capsule, 1 per day, Mfd. by Natural Organics Laboratories, Inc.

The following Ginkgo biloba supplements were not approved by

1. Canadian Sun Ginkgo Biloba 24% Extract 60 mg, 60 mg GBE + 340 mg Ginkgo biloba leaf powder/capsule, 3 per day, Dist. by BEA Per Capita Consulting Corp (Poor ingredient quality, lead levels that concerned ConsumerLab.Com)
2. Irwin Naturals Bioperine Enhanced Advanced Ginkgo Smart(r), 60 mg GBE + 200 mg Ginkgo biloba leaf powder/liquid gel capsule, 1-2 per day, Dist. by Irwin Naturals (Poor ingredient quality, lead levels that concerned ConsumerLab.Com)
3. Jarrow FORMULAS(r) Ginkgo Biloba 60 mg, 60 mg GBE/capsule, 2 per day, Dist. by Jarrow Formulas(r) (Poor ingredient quality)
4. Olympian Labs Incorporated 24% / 6% Standardized Ginkgo Biloba, 60 mg GBE + 300 mg Ginkgo biloba leaf powder/capsule, 1-2 per day, Mfd. by Olympian Laboratories Inc. (Poor ingredient quality, lead levels that concerned ConsumerLab.Com)
5. PharmAssure(r) Standardized Ginkgo Biloba, Minimum 24% Ginkgo Flavonglycosides, Minimum 6% Terpene Lactones, 60 mg GBE/capsule, 1-2 per day, Dist. by PharmAssure, Inc. (Poor ingredient quality)
6. TruNature(r) Ginkgo Biloba with Vinpocetine, Standardized Concentrated Herbal Extract 60 mg, 60 mg GBE/ softgel, 2 per day, Dist. by Leiner Health Products (Poor ingredient quality)
7. Wildoats(r) Ultimate Extract(r) Standardized Ginkgo Biloba 60 mg, 60 mg GBE/capsule, 2-4 per day, Dist. by Wild Oats Markets, Inc. (Poor ingredient quality)

January 11, 2006

Ginkgo temperature range

I love your website, and all of the information about this incredible tree!
What I had trouble figuring out, was the range of temperatures that Ginko grows best in.
I live just east of Denver, CO and the temperatures here range between -10(F) and 100(F). We also have a fairly dry climate. My sister, who lives apx. 75 miles south of us, has a century tree next to her house. I have read that those are Australian natives, and I believed would not grow in our highly fluctuating climate.
Our temperatures can range from 20 degrees to 80 degrees within one week, or even (rarely) in one day!
I would love to have a response,
Topic sent by Linda Rockhold
Aurora, CO, USA

January 08, 2006

New: search archive of forum-blog by titles

I added a page to my homepage with the titles of all posts on this forum-blog ordered by month. This will make it easier for you to choose a subject you want to read and/or react to.
Hope you like it!
This is the archive by titles.

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ginkgo tree in fall, Amsterdam.

January 06, 2006

Seeds or seedling in the Netherlands/Croatia

I would like to have an adress in Holland where I can buy seeds of a Gingko tree, or maybe little tree all ready in pot. I got this question of a friend of me, he is living in Croatia-in the city Pula.
In Croatia the Gingko is nearly not to buy and if it is it is to expensive for the 'common' people. They have too little money, so they cannot effort it.
I am going to Croatia beginning of next month and it would be wonderfull if I could take this seed or plant with me.
Topic sent by Elles van Dinteren, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Ginkgo seeds and pigs

We are moving to a new house in southern illinois and there is a ginko tree. We have a pot belly pig and need to know if the seed will hurt her. thank you for any info you may have.
Topic sent by Donna Hand.

January 04, 2006

ConsumberLab about Ginkgo

On December 28, 2005, Jarrow Formulas issued a recall of a line of Ginkgo biloba supplements because raw material potency is below the label claim. Affected are "Ginkgo biloba 50:1" products sold in 40, 60, and 120 mg strengths and a combination product "Ginkgo Biloba 50:1 + Grape OPCs, 60 mg."
Read full article here.

January 03, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Major update about the spelling of 'Ginkgo'.