So we have a bamboo forest growing in our backyard. It’s great for privacy, constructing supports for tomato plants, and attracting neighborhood cats, but we recently realized that they are edible. I was skeptical at first, but they taste so much better than the canned or pickled bamboo shoots you can buy at the grocery store. They’re sweet and tender, evocative of baby corn and water chestnuts.
Bamboo sends up tons of shoots in the spring. If you don’t dig them up, they’ll take over your yard before you know it.
The next step is removing the coarse, dark outer layer to reveal the bright green interior.
We have had success slicing them and then stir frying them with mushrooms, freshly harvested mustard greens, and sesame seeds and adding them to soba noodles.