Stinko Biloba

Posted by F&S

Have you ever had the olfactory experience of smelling the fruit of the ginkgo biloba tree?  Let us tell you something – even for us, Frenchies, who like funky aromas, from time to time, that fruit is pretty rancid!  We’d love to know what you think about it.

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Francesca!  Come to the boxwood room!  Do you smell something...funny?  I do!

1 Francesca! Come to the boxwood room! Do you smell something...funny? I do!

Sharkey!  It smells really, really bad!  I wouldn't go there if I were you.

2 Sharkey! It smells really, really bad! I wouldn't go there if I were you.

I'll use my keen canine sense of smell to determine where the stench is coming from.  Did you know that humans have about 5 million scent receptors whereas, most breeds of dogs have five times that amount?

3 I'll use my keen canine sense of smell to determine where the stench is coming from. Did you know that humans have about 5 million scent receptors whereas, most breeds of dogs have five times that amount?

Well, what do you know?  I should remember that autumn is when the fruit of the Ginkgo Biloba tree falls to the earth and that fruit smells nasty!

4 Well, what do you know? I should remember that autumn is when the fruit of the Ginkgo Biloba tree falls to the earth and that fruit smells nasty!

The fruit forms only on female trees, and while quite unpleasant to smell, the nuts inside are very tasty and are popular in Asian cooking.  The bad smell is nature's way of preventing animals from eating those nuts.  So clever!

5 The fruit forms only on female trees, and while quite unpleasant to smell, the nuts inside are very tasty and are popular in Asian cooking. The bad smell is nature's way of preventing animals from eating those nuts. So clever!

The Ginkgo leaves have a lovely fan shape.  The tree is nicknamed the 'Maidenhair Tree' because those leaves resemble the delicate Maidenhair fern.

6 The Ginkgo leaves have a lovely fan shape. The tree is nicknamed the 'Maidenhair Tree' because those leaves resemble the delicate Maidenhair fern.

I see another Ginkgo tree over there.  Let's go see if it's a male or a female.  The females tend to have a wide, spread-out form while the males are slimmer and more upright.

7 I see another Ginkgo tree over there. Let's go see if it's a male or a female. The females tend to have a wide, spread-out form while the males are slimmer and more upright.

Ah, here's an excellent specimen of a male ginkgo and notice that there is no stinky fruit!  Wait, Francesca, where are you?

8 Ah, here's an excellent specimen of a male ginkgo and notice that there is no stinky fruit! Wait, Francesca, where are you?

If Sharkey thinks for one second that I'm going to step on those icky smelling ginkgo fruits, she's crazy!  That smell lingers for a very long time.  I'm outta hear!

9 If Sharkey thinks for one second that I'm going to step on those icky smelling ginkgo fruits, she's crazy! That smell lingers for a very long time. I'm outta hear!

Oh, Francesca!  I'm done with the Ginkgo.  Come and play with me!  I was sure to tiptoe around the stinko biloba fruits and my feet don't smell one bit badly.

10 Oh, Francesca! I'm done with the Ginkgo. Come and play with me! I was sure to tiptoe around the stinko biloba fruits and my feet don't smell one bit badly.

Comments (11)

  • Dear F & S. What.... you got ginkgo laying on the ground! It is so costly in Asia, wish I could collect some for my mom. Sparkle.

  • yikes!..how horrible..thank goodness none of those trees around here..later, cora-belle

  • Hey ladies,
    I think the stinko biloba is worse than our stink pipe fungus that grows sometimes in the mulch. I too love to roll in funky smells. It's my personal cologne for the ladies...
    In case you didn't read my post yesterday, Happy belated birthday, Karen.
    til tomorrow
    Rebel

  • Hello everyone,
    I won't be on here long as Maddox is staring at me, probably wondering how I dared to get on the computer before him. haha
    But, yes, Rebel, Maddox always goes back every day and checks the comments from the day before so he can catch up with things and then he tells me all about it. So, my dear little Rebel, I thank you very much for thinking about me and making sure I got your Birthday wish. You are very considerate.
    I will turn the computer over to Maddox now. We don't have any ginkgo trees. We have had several what they call "stink bugs" and Maddox wants to tell you about them.
    Love to each and every one of you.
    Karen

  • Hello ladies,
    I had to wait forever for Karen to get off of the computer. Geez. But, being the gentleman that I am, I left her go first.
    Did anyone ever hear of stink bugs? I wish you girls would do a post on them. They look prehistoric. I like to look at them but someone told me that they really stink. So, that got me to thinking, why do they stink, where do they come from, how long do they live, etc. We had a few here but some people had them crawling all over the outside of their houses in another state. Yuk
    I guess the squirrels should go up the gingko trees so they would be safe. hehehehehe
    Gotta go, Karen is getting ready to leave for the weekend so I want to say good bye to her.
    Later.
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    Stinko Gingko huh? I suppose it has its place. You are soooooo educated, do you ever rest? Where is that G.K. these days? I know we canines have great smells. Mom fixes my meatballs of food every day and in the middle she hides the yucko food I don't like. If I smell the yucko food on her hands or anywhere else, I just spit it out. My nose is that of Sherlock Holmes. Have a great day exploring. Happy b-day Karen and Zoe, I hope your Mom and Dad are feeling better.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • A BELATED BIRTHDAY WISH TO KAREN!!! :) sorry I missed it!
    I love Ginko trees...when we lived in California we had them all the way around our house, but I never knew they had a bad smell..so after looking at the photos I realized our trees did not have any fruit...so there IS the smell!
    My goodness I learned something AGAIN today! ;)

    Thanks Girls!
    delia & Kitty =^v^=

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Thanks so much for informing us about those smelly, stinko biloba nuts that fall from the female stinko biloba trees! I love learning something new everyday and you two certainly keep us all informed daily! I've never seen or smelled those stinky nuts even though I do love to smell just about everything at least once in my yard and when I go for long walks. We had a bad windstorm last night that work us up about midnight and Mom had to go out and remove some plastic shades that she forgot to take down from some of the windows and they were banging against the windows and making lots of noise. We finally went back to sleep about 2AM. Now we have to go outside to check out any damage. Sure hope all of you have a nice, safe day and that we do, too! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Sharkey you were very brave to check out the Biloba tree and Francesca you were very wise to steer clear. :wink: Where IS G.K. these days? Is he staring lovingly at his newly won ribbons? :lol: Zoe, hope you're being a good girl and taking care of your Mom & Dad. Have a lovely day everyone!

  • Wow! These pups are adorable! I have 2 frenchies too. But they are brindle. Great blog!
    BlissTwelvePhotography

  • Hey GK,

    You don't know me but I am Jerz the sharpei cousin. All I keep hearing from my aunt dawn is about your Greatness!!!!! Jerz keeps calling you her boyfriend. What do you think of all her wrinkles??? Pretty cool right???? Your pictures are really cute. I here Trinity is really cute too???? Hopefully, I will meet you soon since sometimes I help my aunt dawn at dog shows.

    The show world has not seen anything yet. Keep winning those ribbons.

    Jessica

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