Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo Shoots Do a Body Good

Bamboo shoots do a body good…low in fat, calories, and cholesterol, bamboo shoots are high in dietary fiber and a great source of potassium!

They’re also a good source of protein, riboflavin, niacin, iron, Vitamins E, C, A and B6, calcium, thiamin, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese. They contain certain phytochemicals (plant-derived chemical compounds) such as lignans, which are purported to have anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, along with phenolic acids, which have mild anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Wow!Health benefits aside, bamboo shoots are delicious and give a sweetness and crunch to many Asian dishes. You can easily find canned bamboo shoots in the Asian-food section of most grocery stores, or you can use fresh shoots which can usually be found in your local Asian market. However, raw, fresh bamboo shoots are bitter and hard to digest, so they must be cooked or parboiled before eaten. Canned is recommended for ease and availability, but for the gastronomic adventurer give fresh a try!

In Japan, they use the youngest and freshest shoots to make a very light and flavorful dish called “Takenoko Gohan”, meaning “Bamboo Shoots Rice.” So, add a little bamboo to your diet and try this delicious recipe below:Takenoko Gohan (Rice with Bamboo Shoots)

* 1 whole peeled and boiled bamboo shoot

* 3 C rice

* 2 pieces fried tofu (abura-age)

* 4 T Kikkoman Dashi Soy Sauce

* 1 T sake

* Prickly ash (Kinome) to garnish

Directions: Wash rice and drain. Boil whole bamboo shoot and peel; then cut the soft core into 1 inch slices. Pour boiling water over abura-age to remove excess oil. Cut abura-age vertically in half to make narrow strips. Cook rice with all ingredients listed, except kinome. Garnish with kinome and serve hot. (Adapted from the Kikkoman website). Eat and enjoy!

Follow the links below to find more Bamboo Shoot recipes and nutritional information:

Nutrition Data Nutritional value of cooked bamboo shoots.

Bamboo Shoots Information A PDF attachment about the nutritional and culinary facts of bamboo from the University of Washington.

Takenoko Gohan Try this wonderful recipe for Japanese "Bamboo Shoots Rice!"

Morsels & Musings Try this recipe for Thai Bamboo Shoot Salad!