Ginkgo nuts (ginnan)
These are the seeds of the ginkgo tree. The white shells and thin outer skins are removed before cooking. Canned nuts are pre-shelled, skinned and parboiled. Ginkgo nuts are used in hotpots, as well as stir-fried, deep-fried and savory custard dishes.
Contain starch, carotene and vitamin C.
How to pick and store
Choose nuts with white shells and smooth surfaces. Nuts that rattle in their shell when shaken may still be immature. Refrigerate in a vegetable storage container.
Enjoy roasted or as an ingredient in steamed savory custards and fried tofu fritters.