Fresh Ginkgo Nuts

Frozen ginkgo nuts often are available in Asian markets, but their taste is far inferior to that of fresh nuts, says kobuta. If you’re lucky, you might find some fresh ones in a store, but there’s another option: As fall comes around, you may see people selling bags of fresh ginkgo nuts on the streets. These nuts usually are harvested locally—from trees in the area’s parks and gardens—and they taste great. “When I was very young, we never had to buy ginkgo nuts, because my mom would make us all go harvesting for gingko nuts in Brookline,” says kobuta. “If you’re adventurous and don’t mind getting a little smelly, it’s something you can easily do in the fall too.”

But beware that wretched smell, which is less pungent than durian but universally reviled, something like rotting meat or fish. SomeRandomIdiot recommends wearing gloves, old clothes, and extra layers of plastic bags. Quadruple-bag that smelly stuff, and if possible, remove the stinking outer layer of fruit before you get home. “It sometimes squirts too, sorta like a lychee, so using a plastic bag over ur gloves as u squish em keeps you from getting spritzed with that stuff,” warns SomeRandomIdiot.

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