Gigantochloa apus Kurz. Gramineae. BAMBOO.
The young shoots are used as a vegetable.
G. ater Kurz. BAMBOO.
This bamboo in Java attains a height of 70 feet and is extensively
cultivated. The young shoots afford a culinary vegetable.
G. robusta Kurz. BAMBOO.
This bamboo attains the height of a hundred feet. The young
shoots are used as a vegetable.
G. verticillata Munro. BAMBOO.
The plant grows to a height of 120 feet, with stems nearly a foot
thick. This is one of the most extensively cultivated of ail Asiatic
bamboos. The young shoots are used as a culinary vegetable.
Gigartina lichnoides Harvey. Algae. CEYLON MOSS.
Ceylon moss is a seaweed much used in the East as a nutritive article of
food and for giving consistence to other dishes. It is of a very gelatinous
nature and when boiled down is almost wholly convertible into jelly.
Ginkgo biloba Linn. Coniferae (Ginkgoaceae). GINKO. MAIDENHAIR
China and Japan.
The fruit of the ginko is sold in the markets in all
Chinese towns and is not unlike dried almonds, only whiter, fuller and
more round. The natives seem very fond of it, although it is rarely eaten
by Europeans. In Japan, the seeds furnish an oil used for eating and
burning. The fruit of the maiden-hair tree is called in China pa-kwo.
The Chinese consume the nuts of this tree at weddings, the shells being
dyed red; they have a fishy taste. This tree is largely cultivated as an
ornamental in Europe, Asia and North America.