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February 28, 2011

Ginkgo biloba pendula, Nancy

Ginkgo biloba 'pendula' with chichi in Jardin Dominique Alexandre Godron, Rue Sainte-Catherine, Nancy (France). It is the oldest Ginkgo biloba  'pendula'  in France.
Grafts from this remarkable tree have been taken by Jardin Botanique du Montet, 100 rue du Jardin botanique, Villers-lès-Nancy; 10 Ginkgo biloba pendula trees can now be seen in this Jardin botanique.
I made this recording in September 2010.

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February 25, 2011

Chocolate Ginkgo cake

Lovely chocolate cake decoration with Ginkgo leaves:
chocolate genoise
coffee meringue
espresso buttercream
Belgian bittersweet chocolate glaze
Belgian milk chocolate ginkgo leaves

Photo by distopiandreamgirl on

February 24, 2011

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ovules on female Ginkgo tree in spring.
* Added to my Art-page (stamps): Ginkgo stamp Japan (Aichi-ken).

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February 18, 2011

Chinese New Year recipe with Ginkgo nuts

In China the Year of the Rabbit has begun. I found the following recipe by Ellen Kanner here.
This veg-intense main dish is a traditional way to celebrate Chinese New Year.

4 ounces bean thread noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
8 ounces shiitake or oyster mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup bamboo shoots
2 cups chopped Napa cabbage or bok choy
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1 cup dried bean curd, cut into bite-sized cubes
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup ginkgo nuts or sliced water chestnuts
1 dozen snow peas
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons sesame oilPrepare bean thread noodles according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add garlic, carrot, mushrooms and cook, stirring, 4 minutes, until vegetables are soft and fragrant. Add bamboo shoots and cabbage. Cook a few minutes, until greens start to wilt.
Add broth, bean thread noodles, bean curd, bean sprouts, ginkgo nuts and snow peas. Cover pan, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce with cornstarch until smooth. Add to pan and cook, stirring, a couple minutes, or until sauce thickens.
Drizzle sesame oil on top and serve at once. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Per serving (based on 4): 266 calories, 31 percent from fat, 9.6 g fat, (1.3 g saturated fat, 2.8 g monounsaturated) 0 cholesterol, 6.2 g protein, 41.8 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 681 mg sodium.

February 12, 2011

Biggest Ginkgo tree in Japan

A walk around Japan's biggest Ginkgo tree (Kitakanegasawa's Ichou), Kitakanegasawa aza shiomigata, Fukaura town, Aomori prefecture.

This Ginkgo is over 1,000 years old and has many chichi. It is a natural monument, girth 22 m, h. 31 m.

Video on YouTube by newrock29.

February 07, 2011

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added new video on my YouTube channel of Ginkgo biloba 'pendula' in Jardin Godron, Nancy - France. More 'pendula' trees on this special page.
* Added new topic: Ginkgo afforestation project in Argentina.

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February 04, 2011

Ginkgo afforestation project in Argentina

Students of Lincoln School in La Plata, Argentina, help to plant the living fossil Ginkgo biloba in La Plata. After successfully ending a first Ginkgo-project, now an afforestation project has been initiated by teachers Inés Fangano (biology) and Virginia Gentile (biodiversity).

Students gathered seeds and planted 100 seeds in pots to grow in an experimental nursery.
In a few years the trees will be planted in the school yards and several other places in La Plata.