Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo shoots
Bamboo shoots

Windsong Farm bamboo shoots come from a sustainably harvested 40-year-old bamboo grove. Phyllostachys nuda is a hardy timber-type bamboo that typically sends up its shoots in mid-May. These shoots can be dehusked (a lot like shucking corn) and chopped up and used in stir-fries to add crunch and a subtle fresh flavor. They are skinnier than the fresh shoots you might see at an Asian grocery store, and unlike most bamboo shoots, they do not need to be blanched prior to using.

To prepare, cut them in half the long way, then peel the leafy husk away, by grabbing the leafy portion at the top and pulling down. You’ll be left with a creamy yellow crunchy part that can be cut up and thrown into stir-fries. This video demonstrates the process. Note that microwaving is not necessary, but you can if you like.

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