Growing Bamboo Shoots for Eating

Bamboo shoots don't have to just be aesthetically pleasing - you can eat them as well. Learn about growing bamboo shoots for eating with help from an author and garden adviser in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Bamboo Growing 101

Video Transcript

My name is David King. I'm the author of Growing Food in Southern California. Today I'm here to show you how to cut bamboo shoots to eat. This bamboo shoot, this is a bamboo oldhamii, bambusa oldhamii, is about six inches long. This is about the longest you would ever want to cut one for. At this stage of the game, they begin to get less succulent and not as tasty. Usually in most countries they would cut it even before it emerged from the ground. Bamboo shoots, the younger they are, have some of the highest protein of any vegetable that people eat. The shoot should be cut below the surface of the ground, to get as much of the succulent growth as possible. Our bamboo only has the one shoot, so it'd make a very small meal, but once you have an established plant, you'll get lots of shoots every year. Don't eat all of them, or your bamboo won't be able to refresh its growth rate, but take a few out here and there and enjoy. I'm David King. We've just talked about how you can eat bamboo shoots.

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