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SPECIES / FAMILY: Bamboo / Poaceae
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PORTION: depends on species
COMMENT: There are over 100 edible species of bamboo, and perhaps nearly all of the shoots of 1500-plus species are edible. No one really knows for sure. Most of them, even the edible ones, are bitter raw and that bitterness can vary. A few have some or no bitterness. Usually cooking the shoots in one or more changes of water reduces or gets rid of that bitterness. To prepare them remove the protective sheath, slice and boil, or chop and boil, or just boil.
CAUTION: Many bamboo shoots have to be cooked to rid them of cyanide. The sap and shoots can be fermented. Pith of young shoots can be pickled. The seeds are edible but some bamboos only flower once every 120 years. (2)
OTHER USES: Fuel, construction, paper goods, fabric, musical instruments, toys, etc.
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- https://www.pfaf.org Search “Bamboo”, many species listed
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/bambooriver-cane_20.html (good photos)