Bamboo Shoots, Unprocessed
[probably Phyllostachys edulis]
Unprocessed bamboo shoots are now often available in Southern California. While more trouble to prepare, the flavor of fresh bamboo is superior to vacuum bagged and a lot superior to canned. The photo specimens are a little old. Preferably they should be no darker than the photo specimens. From the shape and structure of the edible shoot, I identify this as P. edulis. The photo specimen at the top was 8 inches long, 3-1/4 inches diameter at the base (average, they are always oval) and weighed 1 [pimd 5-7/8 ounces.
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The shape and internal structure is much the same as the much large Winter Bamboo, and quite different from the other available bamboo shoots, so I have tentatively identified it as smaller sprouts of Phyllostachys edulis. This specimen is different at the tip because edible sheath bases have been left on.
Buying: These can often be had from the large Asian markets here in Los Angeles. Price varies from 2017 US $2.99 to $3.99 per pound, depending on market. Ideally, the color should be lighter than the photo specimen. Examine the bottom, the less dried out the better, but there definitely should be no trace of mold.
Storage: Basically, don't. They're already a bit
old by time they get here, but can be held a day or two at room
temperature, or a little longer loosely bagged and refrigerated.
Yield: Edible yield from 2 shoots weighing 33-1/2 ounces was 14-3/4 ounces or 44%. I have had yields as high as 50% with shoots from other purchases. It probably depends on season.
Cooking: Just do as the recipe says. Further cooking is not really necessary once they've been simmered.gr_bbfrshz 170106 - www.clovegarden.com