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.
Bamboo shoots have low-calorie content, only 20 cal for every 100 grams. They also have less than the amount of sugar found in many fruits and vegetables. They have negligible amount of fat (less than .49 gm), high in protein – with seventeen essential amino acids and two semi-essential amino acids, contain vitamins A, B group, E, and folate, also have minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and iron. Bamboo shoots are high in dietary fiber. The amount of dietary fiber contained in bamboo shoots make up 6-8 grams out of a 100-gram serving.
Bamboo shoots are consumed in many Asian countries and known for health benefits. They can be used for weight-loss, ideal for dissolving harmful LDL cholesterol, hence heart-friendly also; they strengthen the immune system because of their vitamins and minerals, promote healthy bowel movements due to their dietary fiber. They have been used for stomach and respiratory disorders. They have anti-venom properties and wound-cleaning properties.
The tender shoots have a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. As a traditional Japanese side dish they are cooked in a pot of flavorful liquid seasoned with Japanese condiments. Since the dish is usually served at room temperature or stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It is a side dish to your main Japanese meal, or a snack to your alcoholic drinks. Slightly salty and intensely flavorful, it goes down well with sake.
Enjoying Shoots and Sprouts in Federal Way
Now you know the benefits of bamboo shoots, there’s no place else to look for these but here at K-Ton, your Japanese restaurant in Federal Way. All our ramen noodles come with delicious and health-giving bamboo shoots. You simply must try it.