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Bamboo Shoots
In Asia, market shoppers look forward to the springtime emergence of fresh bamboo shoots the way those in the Americas look for asparagus, rhubarb or morel mushrooms. The aromatic, just-cooked shoots taste much like artichoke, corn and hearts of palm.

Bamboo is a member of the grass family. The plant's prolific (often invasive) hardwood stalks yield tender canes when harvested, at less than two weeks old, from March through June.
This is a potassium- and fiber-rich food, very low in calories and fat.




It is best to avoid eating bamboo shoots raw, as they are often bitter with hydrocyanic acid. Boiling the shoots first with rice bran flour (nuka) or in starchy water captured while rinsing rice will neutralize the toxin.

Bamboo shoots stir-fry well with sesame oil or with asparagus, garlic and olive oil. 

Look for fresh bamboo shoots at farmers markets in the spring, especially in California, or in Asian markets.

Refrigerated, vacuum-packed parboiled bamboo shoots preserved in citric acid are imported from China and can be found for sale at specialty grocers. These can be used in place of home-boiled bamboo in recipes.



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