Ginkgo Biloba has been a mystery since 2600 BC!
The actions of the leaves of this tree remain unexplainable by some of its substances.
Ginkgoaceae belong to the class Ginkgophytes, a class that links ferns and angiosperms (flowering plants).
They are considered to be exceptional trees by their age, size, shape, and history.
Europeans first found Ginkgo Biloba in Japan and imported it in the 18th century to the Netherlands.
A bit of history
The Ginkgo is one of the oldest tree species in the world, as its existence can be traced back more than 250 million years, before the appearance of the dinosaurs.
It appeared in the Carboniferous and during the Jurassic, Ginkgo trees were widespread in Asia.
It was first described by a German botanist who was staying in Japan in his book "Amoenitatum exoticarum (1712).
It is said that some trees in China are more than 2,500 years old.
The Ginkgo (Chinese "Ginkyo" meaning "apricot silver"), survived the end of the Cretaceous when the dinosaurs disappeared.
That is why, in 1859, Charles Darwin called it a living fossil.
Wild in China, it has been religious since the dawn of time, planted near Buddhist pagodas.
As early as the 11th century (under the Song Dynasty), Ginkgo was mentioned in Chinese literature by the poet Ou-Yang Xiu.
Although it disappeared from Europe 3 million years ago, today the Ginkgo adorns many streets and parks in large cities (5% of the trees in Paris are Ginkgo Biloba) because of its resistance to pollution and the ornamental character of its leaves, especially in autumn when it has a superb golden yellow foliage, hence its other nickname, "tree of a thousand écus".
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Ever since a rich amateur from Montpellier acquired a foot of it in 1788 for the then extravagant sum of forty écus, the Ginkgo Biloba has been nicknamed the "tree of forty écus". It is also called " tree of the pagodas ".
There are male Ginkgo trees whose inflorescences are highly polliniferous kittens and female individuals that produce yellow ovules, the size of a mirabelle plum, and which, when they fall to the ground when ripe, give off a very strong odour.
Ginkgo Biloba can offer a range of benefits for well-being, including improved cognitive function.
It is traditionally used in cases of memory disorders, to boost brain capacity.