Ginko nut and Hijiki mixed with sesame 銀杏とひじきの和え物 [野菜穀物レシピ 秋]

 日本語のレシピが 最後の方に 載っています。

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The summer has ended and sentimental season has arrived in Japan.

The leaves are turning to pale and some are already falling.

The trees appear to be lonley wearing less leaves.

On the contrary our appetite grow bigger during this season.

Luckily we can harvest lots of staples such as rice, nuts and  fruits, which can satisfy our stomachs and hearts.

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The rice  is ready to be harvested.


 The perssimmons' color is  getting orangier and orangier day by day.

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The persimmon leaf is so colorful and beautiful.

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 I picked up the chestnus which were still sitting comfortably in their husk.

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 The Cosmos are at their best now and blooming everywhere in my town.

Isn't it wonderful ?

The nature always blesses us with her profound love if we follow the rule of the universe.

All right,  now I am going to pass you one of my nut recipes.

Which nut do you think I am going to show you today ?

It has double layered shells, and is protected tightly inside.

If you walk towards the tree, you'll notice its exsistance from quite far away as it smells so strong.

Its leaves are green until early autumn, but change to beautiful yellow color by late autumn.

The shape of the leaf is very unique and looks like a Japanese fan.

The nut tastes a little bitter.

If you are a Japanese food lover, I am sure that you have seen it in Chawanmushi.

I guess by now you know the answer.

It is ...

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Can you tell what they are ?

Here's a closer look.   They are fallen off the tree and sitting still on the ground here.

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Yes, they are ginko nuts.

Do you know that there are female ginko nut trees and male ginko nut trees ?

And only the female trees can bear the nuts.

It is easy to pick them up, but you have to be careful, as the first layer of the shell that we have to touch when we pick them up  can irritate our skin quite badly and you might have rashes on your hands.    So I advise you to wear gloves.

The ginko nuts have to be soaked in the water overnight.

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The next day, peel off the first layer shell with the gloves on.

This layer is supposed to be very soft. (and also very smelly)

After removing the first layer,  dry them under the sun for a few days.

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 The inner shell is hard unlike the first layer.

When you eat, crack the hard outer shell with the pench or the hammer, and cook in the boiled water, roast in the skillet or fry with the oil, in a way you want.

I have a special instrument to crack the ginko nust shell.

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This is very useful when you have lots of nuts to crack.

Well, I am now passing you a very healthy ginko nut recipe.

Here you go !

The ginko nut and Hijiki sea vegetable mixed with sesame  

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Ingredients (for 2 servings)

 5 strings green beans

 20  Ginko nuts - shell

 10g dried Hijiki sea vegetables

 1 tsp Salt

 2 Tbsp White Sesame seeds

 2 tsp Mirin or 1 tsp sweeter ( maple syrup, rice syrup)

 1 tsp Soy sauce


  1. Wash and soak hijiki in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Roast and grind the white sesame seeds.
  3. Mix sesame seeds, mirin and soy sauce in a bowl.
  4. Fill the pot with water, bring to a boil, add salt and green beans, cook till soft (about one to a few minitues) and take out.  Cut into 1 inch length. 
  5. Using the same boiling water, cook ginko nuts till soft (about 5 minutes), skin the brown layer using the bottom part of the spoon or with your fingers.
  6. Using the same boiling water, cook hijiki for a few minutes and drain.
  7. Mix above three ingredients with the sesame paste of "procedure 1".

Tips and information

There are two types of Hijiki seaweed basically, baby hijiki which is thin and short, and old hijiki which is thicker and longer.   

The old one is considered more Yang compared with baby one, and  when we say Hijiki in Macrobiotics, it means old one.

For this recipe, you can use either of them.  

The one in the photo is the old one. 

Here are the sandwiches that I made with ginko nuts.

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Spread the sesame paste and miso mixure on the bread, and then place the seasonal vegetables of your choice, Tohu cheese and boiled ginko nuts, pour olive oil, salt and pepper.   Sandwich with another piece of bread and slice into two pieces.

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Here's another ginko nut sandwich.  

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Spread the tofu mayonaise which was mixed with pungent mustard over the bread, place the thinly sliced cuccumers, which was massaged with salt, excess water squeezed out, and  mixed with grinded flax seeds.   

hmm...they are so yummy.  I love these sandwiches !!

I'm sure you can't resist them too !!

The ginko nut leaves will be very yellow in a few weeks time like this.

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This is a small shrine in my neighbourhood.



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さやいんげん 5本   殻を取り除いた銀杏 20粒   乾燥ひじき 10g

塩 小さじ1

白胡麻 大さじ2    みりん 小さじ2  しょうゆ 小さじ1


  1. ひじきを 15分くらい 水につけて もどす。
  2. 白胡麻を煎って 擂る。 
  3. ボールに 煎った胡麻、みりん、しょうゆを入れて 混ぜあわせておく。
  4. 鍋に水を入れて 沸騰させ、さやいんげんと塩を入れて、お好みのかたさに茹でる。 取り出して2㎝位の長さに切っておく。(お湯はこの後も使うので、そのままの状態にしておく。)
  5. 同じ鍋に 銀杏を入れて 柔らかくなるまで 茹でる。 取り出して スプーンの背で押すか、指で 茶色の薄皮を とりのぞく。
  6. 同じ鍋で ひじきを 茹でる。
  7. さやいんげん、銀杏、ひじきを 3の胡麻ペーストで 和える。


  • 銀杏は、ペンチ、キッチンバサミのギザギザの所で 割ります。 銀杏割り器があると、簡単に割れます。
  • ひじきは、長ひじきでも 芽ひじきでも お好きな方を お使いください。
  • こういったシンプルな和食は、具材の質も去ることながら、調味料が 大事です。 昔ながらの製法で作られた しょうゆやみりんを使うと おいしさがアップします。 そして、それは、体にも、環境にも 影響しますから、できるだけ、そんな調味料を使ってみて下さいね。

Happy Cooking !

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