Bamboo Shoots


Bamboo Shoots are the young edible new growth harvested from the Bamboo Plant before they are two weeks old. Not all Bamboo varieties produce edible shoots. The most commonly used varieties include Sweet Shoot and Red Margin Bamboo.

Bamboo shoots are used widely in Asian and Chinese cooking to make noddle dishes, pickles, salads, stir fries, soups and dumplings. They are have a tough exterior, and a tender inner core that is bitter and slightly sweet to taste.

The outer skin must be peeled off to reveal the tender inner core and then parboiled to remove bitterness before use in cooking. They are available fresh, or parboiled and canned.


Other names: Menma, bamboo sprouts
Translations: Dzinumi, Bambuko ūgliai, Lăstarii de bambus, Izdanci bambusa, Pędy bambusa, बांस की गोली मारता है, Побегами бамбука, Μπαμπού, براعم الخيزران, 죽순, Bambusové výhonky, Bambu Shoots, Usbong ng kawayan, 竹笋, Els brots de bambú, Bambusovi vršički, Bambusové výhonky, במבוק יורה, Bambuskott, Изданци бамбуса, 筍, Pousses de bambou, Bambussprossen, Bambusskud, Bambusskudd, Los brotes de bambú, Пагонами бамбука, Bambunversoja, Бамбук издънки

Physical Description

When the outer layer is removed the interior is a pale yellow cone. It is also commonly sliced and canned.

Colors: pale yellow

Tasting Notes

Flavors: has acrid flavor
Mouthfeel: Crisp, Crunchy, Mild
Food complements: Asian
Beverage complements: Sake, Beer, Shochu
Substitutes: Water chestnuts

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Bamboo shoots are commonly found canned but can also be found fresh in Asian markets. If foraging for the shoots you must look for the baby sprouts that are only a few inches tall.
Buying: Available in supermarkets in various sliced forms, both fresh and canned versions.
Procuring: In certain parts of Japan, China and Taiwan the giant timber bamboo Bambusa oldhamii is harvested in spring or early summer.

Preparation and Use

In Indonesia, they are sliced thinly to be boiled with coconut milk and spices to make a dish named gulai rebung.

Pickled bamboo, used as a condiment, may also be made from the pith of the young shoots.



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i love bamboo shoots!!!

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i love bamboo shoots!!!