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 preshelled, skinned and parboiled. Ginkgo nuts appear in nabe, stir-fried, deep-fried and custard dishes.
- They contain starch, carotene and vitamin C.
How to pick and store
- Choose nuts with white shells and smooth surfaces.
- Nut that rattle in their shell when shaken may be immature.
- Eat roasted or as an ingredient in steamed egg custard or fried tofu fritters.