Ginkgo is a unique species of tree with no living relatives, including it is considered a living fossil dating back 270 million years. These are really nuts and on the tree there is some kind of extremely pungent, odiferous nut cheese aromas. Once they are cooked the ginkgo becomes a delicacy and is odorless.
But watch out because the female ginkgo tree’s fruit, which houses the gingko nut, has been called “nature’s stink bomb,” with a stench that’s often compared to funky cheese. The butyric acid in ginkgo fruits—which is what makes them so smelly which is also found in butter, parmesan cheese, and is supposed to keep animals from eating the fallen fruit of this ancient Asian tree.
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