is something people enjoy eating as well, especially in Asia.
Bamboo is an extremely industrious plant. Some have been known to grow up to a metre a day, and forests of this ambitious grass can pop up in no time after a refreshing monsoon. Bamboo, when fully mature is a surprisingly sturdy material. Fashioned into tools, garments, furnishings and even structures, bamboo has not only been a survival material for small ethnic groups in many parts of Asia, but also possess enormous commercial potential as a more sustainable substitute for many organic raw materials.
These strong bamboo culms, however, are not fit for eating. Instead, the tender shoots of young culms, fresh from the earth, are.
From Indonesia and China to Uganda, these sweet edible shoots star in a vast array of different dishes. The shoots are commercially available fresh or canned, and sometimes already prepared.
Here’s a link to videos about bamboo shoots being harvested and cooked: http://www.youtube.com/user/ssakamoto#p/u/2/XSfb3cm3ON8 (you’ll have to navigate a little to find all of them, but they’re quite interesting and informative – Thanks, ssakamoto). Following are a small collection of images (sourced from a number of food blogs and websites) depicting bamboo shoots cooked in different ways: