What are Bamboo Shoots?
Bamboo shoots are the edible sprouts which spring out beside the bamboo plant. also known to be one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Bamboo shoots, or takenoko in Japanese, are a commonly used vegetable in Japanese cuisine. They are considered as the “King of Forest Vegetables”. There are many bamboo species which sprout shoots, but only a handful are actually cultivated and consumed.
Bamboo shoots are available fresh or canned. Fresh shoots can last for up to two weeks, properly refrigerated and away from sunlight. Canned versions can be stored longer. However, before cooking them, boiling is highly recommended or at least soak them in water overnight.
According to studies, bamboo shoots are rich in various components such as proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and fiber, and are low in fat and sugars.