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Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo shoots, as a root vegetable, how fun and easy. Raw bamboo shoots come in a can if you cannot trek to Asia to dig them up yourself. The diet of a chronically ill person can get a bit dull. Let’s be more creative and healthy at the same time.

Bamboo is used for a natural fiber that is a renewable source for all kinds of things. Green-Up Your Home with bamboo choices is healthy and responsible.

Now it is time to look at bamboo shoots as a source of food. It is a delightful healthy addition to meals.

Think Asian!!! Asia covers approximately 30% of the planet’s land area and constitutes roughly 60% of the world’s population (according to Wikipedia). Use an Asian MAP to help you visualize.

Bamboo consumption is confined mostly to Southeast Asian and East Asian countries. They use them as a vegetable in dishes and broths. Around the rest of the world, we can purchase them canned.

Menu of taditional chinese cuisine. Bamboo shoot is dainty food growing in mountain.

I am all about fresh produce but sometimes we don’t live in areas that provide some of the fun stuff like fresh bamboo shoots in local markets.

Canned is not as good as fresh but they are still worth trying if you haven’t already.

Anyone with a green-thumb just might want to try to grow them yourselves ~ How to Grow Edible Bamboo Shoots

The bamboo shoots are cut into small pieces.

Nutritional Value

Besides being a fun food, they have nutritional value.

Bamboo shoots have immense potential of being used as important health food as they contain high proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, many important minerals, and vitamins. Freshly collected bamboo shoots have good amount of thiamine, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.

~ Research Article: The Nutritional Facts of Bamboo Shoots

Read more about bamboo shoots dietary fiber value ~ GreenMedInfo

Raw Canned Bamboo Shoots on a Plate

Flavor of a Bamboo Shoot

Bamboo shoots don’t have much flavor to them. They tend to take on the flavor of the ingredients of the dish they are prepared in.

If you add them to any stir-fry, they take on those flavors.

If you add them to salads, they are an extra layer and they have a slight crunch to them as you chew.

Personally, I like a hint of bamboo shoots in both stir-fry and salads. I open the can, drain it, and store left-overs in a glass container in the refrigerator and use them up during the week.

stack of steamed chinese dumplings or zongzi in bamboo basket, sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves

Purchasing Organic Bamboo Shoots

First look at your local grocery store. I always recommend certified organic but sometimes that is hard to find.

If that does not work, Amazon to the rescue – Bamboo Shoots – Organic – six 14-ounce cans

Other helpful ingredients to make healthy salad dressing or sauce for stir-fry:

I have used Bragg’s products for 25 years now. Love them all!!!! Healthy way to add variety to the usual American food. Venture out and try other cuisines, the healthy way.

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