Autumn’s beauty resides in all of the lovely golden and crimson foliage. In China, a 1,400-year-old ginko tree provides a unique fall treat. A deluge of yellow leaves has engulfed the ground, obliterating any remaining green. In the Zhongnan Mountains, this tree may be seen near the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple.
Ginko trees (also known as “maidenhair”) are referred to be “living relics” since they have remained mostly unchanged over the previous 270 million years. The tree has been grown for many years and is used in both culinary and medicinal applications. Its seeds are used to make “Buddha’s pleasure,” a vegetarian meal. Maybe that’s why it was planted so close to the temple all those years ago.
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