Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Ginkgo Tea (TeaSpring)

When I was a small child, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I had all the books on dinosaurs, and gingko biloba always featured in them as part of the environmental motif. To this day, in my mind, it's a "dinosaur plant", which would make this dinosaur tea. Look, just humour me on this.

The leaves are a dark forest green and look a fair bit like tea leaves, though the aroma in the bag has a strong herbal and nutty aroma, very "Chinese medicine".

The liquor is a dingy gold with an earthy aroma with an edge of haw fruit underneath. The taste is musty and herbal, with a slight suggestion of sweet fruits, haw and lemon underneath. There's a medicinal aftertaste with a bitter note.

I've been trying to look up some hard evidence over whether ginkgo is actually a stimulant, but most websites I'm finding are more into the hippy-dippy "drink a cup of this and it'll cure your asthma and alzheimers!" I guess I'll have to do my own testing, see if it'll get me up and going in the morning.

Ginkgo Tea at TeaSpring


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  2. Thank you!
    I've taken to mixing my ginkgo with lemongrass, it actually tastes quite nice, in a "Chinese medicine" kind of way.

  3. I don't know much about gingko, and I have yet to research it at all. Maybe I can get back to you about it. I will say, if you clean off the terrible-smelling fruits, the nuts inside them are quite tasty. My dad sometimes cleans them outside our house (too foul-smelling to bring indoors) and then cooks the nuts up...they're delicious, pleasing in texture, and quite mild in flavor. So I do rather like the plant these leaves come from!

  4. Gingko can be used as a blood thinner. Also I have had good results over long term usage for helping with Tinnitus.