Thursday, 22 October 2015

Bamboo shoots

Lots of Bamboo species are edible. This one (Pseudosasa japonica) is considered a weed in New Zealand.

Bamboo only has a short growing season (similar to asparagus).

When in season we;
-snap off the shoots under 30cm long.
-slice in half with a sharp knife.
-peel off sheathes.
-simmer gently for 20 minutes to get rid of acidity.
Use in stir-fry or melt butter over and eat.
If shoots taste acidic you have not cooked for long enough. Change water and bring to boil for longer.

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