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What are bamboo shoots?

Bamboo is a plant native to Asia that grows in areas with a tropical climate. The shoots have been eaten for thousands of years. The shoot is not the only part that can be consumed. The leaves, heart, and sweet liquid from the stems are also edible. The bamboo shoots are ivory white in color and measure approximately 7 cm in diameter and 15 cm in height. The shoots are harvested when they emerge from the ground, and then covered with soil so that they do not turn green. The hairs are removed and then the shoots are bleached. Raw shoots contain toxic substances which are destroyed by cooking.

Nutritional values ​​of bamboo shoot

Weight / Volume Canned, 100 g or 180 ml 
Calories 19 kcal
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrates 3.2 g
Lipids 0.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.5 g
Potassium 80 mg

Health Benefits of Bamboo Shoots

No large scientific study has evaluated the impact of bamboo shoot consumption on human health.

Potassium in bamboo shoots

Bamboo shoots contain potassium. In the body, it is used to balance the pH of the blood and to stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, thus promoting digestion. In addition, it facilitates the contraction of muscles, including the heart, and participates in the transmission of nerve impulses.

Kitchen use

In the West, bamboo shoots are mainly available canned (plain or in vinegar). In Asian specialty grocery stores, you can find fresh shoots. They can then be sliced ​​and then boiled, sautéed or braised and added to Asian dishes. They can also be used in strips or sticks for appetizers, in soups or casseroles. In Japan, bamboo shoots are used to prepare sukiyaki, a stewed dish.

Bamboo shoots should be stored in water, in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It is advisable to change the au every day or every two days.

Word from the nutritionist

Bamboo shoots can be an interesting condiment to add because of their texture. However, their nutritional content is of little interest. 

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