Gingko Nut

The edible nuts of the gingko tree, native to China, ginnan have white shells and firm, yellow flesh. As they spoil quite quickly, they are most commonly sold in cans, pre-shelled and parboiled, or dried. They are added to chawan mushi (savoury egg custard) and as one of the ingredients cooked with rice to make takikomi gohan. Ginnan can also be enjoyed roasted, often as an accompaniment to beer, and are highly nutritious, rich in vitamin C and carotene.