Growing Bamboo for Eating

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Any type of bamboo can be grown for eating, but the best-tasting part is the new shoots that are under the soil. Find out how to grow and harvest edible bamboo with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing food.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about, growing bamboo for eating. Now many different cultures use bamboo shoots in all types of dishes, in lots of stir-fries and lots of different types of Asian dishes especially. Now pretty much any type of bamboo can be used as a bamboo dish. There's many different varieties of bamboos that are used for the shoots and basically they're all eatable, but there are some that are favored more than others. And basically the bamboo that's used for sale is the new growth on the shoots, so they always say that, use the bamboo that's under the soil not above the soil. So where it comes from the stem and shoots up the new fresh growth, that is what's eatable and tastes the best. And so you can harvest it year round and pretty much it'll always grow more bamboo, bamboo is very, very prolific. And you just dig it up and take some of the shoots off and put the roots back in the ground, and that way you can harvest and have your own bamboo shoots in your own dishes year round.

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