Ginkgo biloba is undoubtedly one of the most widely used herbal remedies in the world. Known to be one of the oldest living tree species, the fossils of this planned date back 270 million years. This means the tree has been around since the age of dinosaurs. Ginkgo biloba is a natural brain booster and can now be found in growing cities around the world.
While buying capsules and powdered supplements always remain an option, you can also prepare delicious recipes with this plant’s extracts.
Believe it or not but dessert can actually be healthy. Today we are going to prepare a delicious ginkgo barley dessert that is traditionally known in Japan as Fu Chok and it’s a great dish to start with if you like, but is new to, the Japanese kitchen.
So without any further ado, let’s get right into it.
You need to buy the soft kind of beancurd skin to make this dessert because the harder types are more suitable for preparing stools and Chinese braises. The ingredients you’ll need are the following:
- Soft beancurd skins sheets (water -soaked): 100 g
- Water: 1800 ml
- Rinsed barley: 50 g
- Pandian leaves tied to a knot: 3
- Pitted red dates: 20
- Ginkgo nuts canned or vacuumed: 100 g
- Rock sugar to taste: 130 g
How To Cook?
1. First, take a soup pot and add the following ingredients: barley, water, pandan leaves, and red dates. Bring the concoction to a boil and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes till the barley is completely soft.
2. Add ginkgo nuts and softened beancurd sheets, leaving behind the water that was used to soak the beancurd. Keep on simmering for another 10 minutes or till you find the beancurd skin has attained a consistency that you like. The final result will either be big pieces or fine consistency like congee.
3. Go on and add rock sugar and keep it stirring until it’s fully dissolved. Take away the pandan leaves once the mixture has attained its smell. Serve it chilled or warm.
The quantity you’ll get will serve 4 to 6 people and should take no longer than 40 minutes to cook. This is one of the easiest dishes to cook that not only tastes good but has a plethora of health benefits, unlike other fat-filled desserts.
Health Benefits Of Gingko Barley Recipe
This ginkgo barley recipe makes for a very tasty and healthy dessert that’s perfect for the whole family to indulge in after every meal. It contains no extra preservatives or added sugar, meaning it’s safe for people with diabetes as well. Making it is easy and we are sure that the kids will love it too.
Speaking of health benefits, it is said that ginkgo can alleviate problems are related to bronchitis, asthma, bladder irritation, low libido, gonorrhea, and intestinal parasites among other things.
Some Extra Tips
If ginkgo nuts are not available in your area, you can always substitute with Lotus nuts. A japanese knife sharpener can help you slice these nuts in paper-thin cuts. Even that will result in a changed taste; it sure is a good alternative for those want to try out this desert. You can also use a combination of both nuts for maximum taste and health benefits.