The Ginkgo plant has a long history of use in Chinese medicine. Recent research has discovered a range of active compounds in the leaves and this has excited a lot of interest in the potential of this plant. The leaves contain ginkgolides, these are compounds that are unknown in any other plant species. The leaves are best harvested in the late summer or early autumn just as they begin to change color. They are dried for later use.
Ginkgo is one of the oldest still-living tree species on the planet and some trees are reported to have lived for over 2000 years. Ginkgo teas are a favorite here at the shop.