Everything about bamboo shoots

February 12, 2024
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Due to the fact that the bamboo plant naturally grows quickly, there are benefits associated with utilizing the plant. For example, bamboo can be used as a substitute material for making utensils such as toilet paper. In addition, the bamboo plant has even more positive properties. Did you know, for example, that bamboo is also edible? The bamboo shoots - actually the baby plants of the bamboo - are used in many Asian dishes in various ways. In addition, bamboo shoots are also healthy because they are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

What are bamboo shoots?

As mentioned above, bamboo shoots are the young sprouts of the bamboo plant. Bamboo shoots look a bit like asparagus and sprout next to the bamboo. Just like all other types of grass, the bamboo stores its strength in the roots underground. This ensures that the bamboo grows quickly when conditions are favorable. Due to the toxic cyanogenic glycosides present in bamboo, the raw shoots are not edible. When the bamboo shoots are cooked, this substance is broken down.

The fresh bamboo shoots can be kept for up to two weeks if they are properly stored in the refrigerator and not in sunlight. When the bamboo shoots are exposed to sunlight, they acquire a bitter taste. The same taste occurs with older, non-fresh shoots. Therefore, the older bamboo shoots should be thinly sliced and then cooked several times before they can be eaten.

What are bamboo shoots

What can you do with bamboo shoots?

The bamboo shoots can be processed in various ways and are therefore available in fresh, dried, or canned variants. Once cooked, bamboo shoots are crispy and have a fresh taste. In the Netherlands, we may not be so familiar with bamboo shoots as a vegetable, but they are used a lot in Asian cuisine. For example, the shoots can be sliced into strips and served as a side dish with a little soy sauce and butter. The shoots can also be added to soups, stews, salads, and gravy.

Pickled bamboo shoots serve as oriental snacks. The pith of the young shoots can also be pickled and used as a spice. This menma is a commonly used garnish for ramen noodle soup. In Thai cuisine, bamboo shoots are used in stir-fries, in soups such as tom kha kai, in curries but also in salads. In Indonesia, it is common to slice the shoots into thin strips and cook them in coconut milk and spices to make gulai rebung (an Indonesian curry). Other recipes with bamboo shoots are sayur lodeh (mixed vegetables in coconut milk) and lun pia (also known as lumpia: fried wrapped bamboo shoots with vegetables).

Are bamboo shoots healthy?

A publication in the Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety shows that bamboo shoots are low in calories, high in dietary fiber, and full of essential nutrients. These nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids, minerals, fats, sugars, fibers, and salts. For example, 100 grams of these vegetables contain only 27 calories, a high protein content (2.6 gr), and a negligible amount of fat (0.3 gr). The amount of vitamins that bamboo shoots contain, such as vitamin A, E, B vitamins, thiamine, and folic acid, is also striking. In addition, the vegetable also consists of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.

In Asian countries, bamboo shoots are especially known for their health benefits. Due to the vitamins and minerals, bamboo shoots are ideal for improving the body's immune system. The antioxidants are also essential for strengthening the body from the inside out. There are studies that suggest that the phytosterols and phytonutrients that bamboo shoots contain are ideal for reducing cholesterol levels. This ensures a smooth supply and movement of blood through the body and therefore protects the health of the heart.

Other researched health benefits include aiding in healthy bowel movements and anti-inflammatory properties. This is how bamboo shoots can also help. Read more about bamboo and the benefits of bamboo toilet paper.

when cleaning wounds and ulcers. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is assumed that bamboo shoots can also help induce labor.

In short, bamboo shoots are a versatile ingredient that can be used in various types of dishes in different ways. In addition to the fact that the bamboo shoots are edible, they also have a medicinal effect and are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The versatility of the bamboo shoots further reinforces the general belief that bamboo contributes to improving the world.

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