Tereza Okava wrote:
Joshua LeDuc wrote:
Tereza, just curious, how do you prepare and eat your bamboo?
Joshua, that is a topic of much debate in my family. My uncle insists that the bamboo you use to make fishing rods (a thin bamboo) is the best, but we tend to hunt the solid dark green bamboo that is thicker (about your wrist thickness). I've also had the big, big wide dark green bamboo, but that usually requires an axe to get the shoots, and the green bamboo you just twist off.
I don't THINK any bamboo is poisonous (I am, however, no expert) but some is much more bitter than others.
We pull them, the picture shows one that is just about perfect (much longer than that and they start getting woody). You peel them til you get to the tender center, discarding any parts that the knife doesn't slide through easily (like okra: if you can feel fibrous stuff, it's not worth eating). You will probably discard 80%+ of the volume, it is that much.
What is left, we slice into small pieces. That gets a soak in salt water, then a rinse, then boil for a bit (maybe 20-30 min). The water should turn yellowish. If they are still bitter, boil and rinse and discard again. I've had some where it takes a few boiling sessions to get rid of the yellow water (those big, big bamboo shoots you have to cut with the axe, especially).
After that, they can get sliced up and mixed with stuff inside dumplings or steamed buns, cooked in soup, fried up with black and red pepper and soy sauce....
Joe Grand wrote:Bamboo. It is my understanding all bamboo can be eaten, but some are sweeter than others.
I have been told you can harvest sprout year around, but in winter you have to dig up the tender sprouts.
I am looking at chipping the green mature cains for pathway mulch. We have the 2 inch green bamboo.
Tereza Okava wrote:I`ve run the leftovers (the sheaths and trimmings) through the wood chipper after we`ve gone bamboo shooting-- the rabbits didn't want to eat these things, which was unusual. It hasn't been any different from the rest of my mulch (mostly yard trimmings, passionfruit vines, and lots of sugarcane bagasse).
Joshua LeDuc wrote:Bamboo shooting?
Joe Grand wrote:I found this guy on youtube & he seems to know a good bit about eating bamboo. I am going to try the mounding soil around the shoot to keep it tender longer.
Much the way asparagus is grown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuDeegj8bJk