|Bamboo shoot Quick Facts|
|Origin||Asia and naturalized to Europe, Australia, Asia, and America.|
|Colors||Yellow with brown markings|
|Shapes||Cone-shaped; Diameter: 2¾ inches (6.5 cm); Length: 4-6 inches (10-15 cm)|
|Major nutrients||Potassium (13.62%)
Vitamin B6 (9.08%)
|Health benefits||Weight loss, Healthy heart, Maintains cholesterol, Prevent cance, Enhance immunity|
Bamboo is the perennial evergreen plant that reaches from 1-120 foot tall. The plant is cylindrical, hollow in shape with 0.25 inch-12 inch as a diameter. The outer skin of the Bamboo is smooth. The leaves are alternately arranged with flat, thin and smooth texture. Bamboo yields purple-violet flowers in spring and summer. The woody stems are yellowish which holds tough roots.
Bamboo shoots are cone shaped, 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long and 2 ¾ inches (6.5 cm) as a diameter. The shoots are yellow having the brown markings. The taste is bitter acidic having the mild and sweet flavor. The two main varieties of Bamboo shoots are: winter shoots and spring shoots.
120 gm of Bamboo shoots contains 14 calories, 0.26 gm fat, 1.84 gm protein and 1.2 gm dietary fiber. It possesses the phenolic acids which is an antioxidant. It is also rich in amino acids, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fat, minerals and fiber.
Calories 14 Kcal. Calories from Fat 2.34 Kcal.
|Total Fat (lipid)||0.26 g||0.74%|
|Total dietary Fiber||1.2 g||3.16%|
|Soluble dietary Fiber||0.33 g||N/D|
|Insoluble dietary Fiber||0.87 g||N/D|
|Potassium, K||640 mg||13.62%|
|Copper, Cu||0.098 mg||10.89%|
|Manganese, Mn||0.136 mg||5.91%|
|Zinc, Zn||0.56 mg||5.09%|
|Iron, Fe||0.29 mg||3.63%|
|Phosphorus, P||24 mg||3.43%|
|Calcium, Ca||14 mg||1.40%|
|Magnesium, Mg||4 mg||0.95%|
|Selenium, Se||0.5 µg||0.91%|
|Sodium, Na||5 mg||0.33%|
|Water soluble Vitamins|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||0.118 mg||9.08%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||0.06 mg||4.62%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||0.36 mg||2.25%|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||0.024 mg||2.00%|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)||0.079 mg||1.58%|
|Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic acid)||2 µg||0.50%|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||0.061 g||0.09%|
|Lauric acid (dodecanoic acid) 12:00||0.001 g||N/D|
|Myristic acid 14:00(Tetradecanoic acid)||0.002 g||N/D|
|Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)||0.046 g||N/D|
|Stearic acid 18:00 (Octadecanoic acid)||0.005 g||N/D|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||0.006 g||N/D|
|Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)||0.006 g||N/D|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||0.118 g||0.69%|
|Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)||0.1 g||N/D|
|Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid)||0.018 g||N/D|
|Amino Acids||Amount||% DV|
|Aspartic acid||0.299 g||N/D|
|Glutamic acid||0.174 g||N/D|
Health Benefits of Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo shoots possess adequate nutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals along with antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties which helps to prevent the health ailments. It is an excellent source of potassium that assists to retain the normal heart beat and blood pressure. The regular intake of Bamboo shoots helps to enhance the cholesterol health. It is used as a food throughout the world.
- Weight loss
Bamboo shoots contain the negligible amount of carbohydrates, calories and sugars which assist to lose weight. It makes the stomach full for long time so, it assists the people to lose weight.
- Healthy heart
The research shows that Bamboo shoots possess phytonutrients and phytosterols which help to eliminate the harmful cholesterols in the body which results in the smooth flow of blood in the body. (1)
- Maintains cholesterol
The intake of Bamboo shoots helps to reduce LDL cholesterol levels by balancing the glucose levels. It possess low amount of fat and calories. The research shows that the intake of bamboo shoots has the positive effects on the function of bowel, lipids and cholesterols. (2)
- Prevent cancer
The study made on the research shows that the leaves of bamboo shoots possess the phytosterols such as amylase, flavone and chlorophyll which controls the mutations and cancer. (3)
- Enhance immunity
Bamboo shoots possess the minerals and vitamins which help to enhance the immune system of the body. The presence of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins intensify the body from inside as well as outside. (4)
- High amount of dietary fiber
The dietary fiber found in bamboo shoots assist in the digestion and ease bowel movements. This assists to lose the weight due to the high presence of fiber and low calories.
The research shows that analgesic and ant inflammatory properties are found in the bamboo shoots which help to treat ulcers. The juice which is extracted from bamboo shoots aids the ulcers and external wounds.
- Respiratory ailments
Bamboo shoots effectively treat respiratory ailments. A decoction made from the shoots should be taken with honey. A decoction could be made by boiling the shoots in the water twice. (5)
- Treats poisoning
The bamboo extracts are used in Ayurvedic medicine with a belief that it possesses anti-venomous properties. It is used to treat the scorpion and snake bites. (6)
- Acts as Uterotonic
It is believed that the Bamboo shoots provide the uterine contractions. It is used as a supplement of medicine when the delivery date is pending during the last month of the pregnancy. The research shows that Bamboo is listed among the uterotonic plants. (7)
- Stomach health
Bamboo shoots helps to treat stomach disorders. The leaves of the bamboo are an aid to eliminate the intestinal worms and stomach ailments.
- Cleans wound
Bamboo shoots are also used to clean the sores and wounds.
- Maintains blood pressure
Bamboo shoots provide a good amount of potassium which is an electrolyte that is essential to maintain as well as to lower the blood pressure.
How to Eat
- It could be served as a vegetable side dish along with butter, soy sauce or pepper.
- It is also add to salads, curries, soups, vegetable dishes.
- Bamboo shoots could be sliced, roasted, boiled, marinated, grilled, sautéed, braised or stir-fried.
- It could be added to chicken salad or tuna.
- It is also used to fill dumplings or spring rolls.
- Bamboo shoots could be pickled or used as seasonings and garnishes.
Bamboo shoot – Phyllostachys Facts
Bamboo shoots are the edible sprouts which belong to the family Poaceae. They are largest and fastest growing plants. The shoots are tender and crisp which resembles the flavor of the corn. It possesses a neutral taste when boiled. Bamboo shoots are available fresh as well as canned.
|Native||Asia and naturalized to Europe, Australia, Asia, and America.|
|Common/English Name||Bamboo shoots, bamboo sprouts|
|Name in Other Languages||Chinese: sun ki
Korean: juk sun
Assam: khorisa and bah gaj
Karnataka: kanile or ‘kalale
Arunachal Pradesh: bashchuri
Western Odisha: Karadi
Burma (Myanmar): myahait
Tamil: Moongil Kuruthu
Telugu: Veduru chiguru
Urdu & Punjabi: Baans
Indonesian and Malay: rebung
Philippines: labong or tambo.
Bengali: Baaser Korool
|Plant Growth Habit||Perennial, evergreen|
|Growing Climate||Tropical and subtropical|
|Stem||Yellowish woody stems|
|Leaf||Alternate, smooth, flat, thin|
|Flowering Season||Spring, Summer|
|Plant shape and size||Cylindrical, hollow; 1-120 foot tall; Diameter: 0.25 inch-12 inch|
|Plant texture||Smooth outer skin|
|Shoot shape & size||Cone-shaped; Diameter: 2¾ inches (6.5 cm); Length: 4-6 inches (10-15 cm)|
|Shoot color||Yellow with brown markings|
|Shoot Flavor/aroma||Mild and sweet|
|Shoot Taste||Bitter acidic|
|Major Nutritions||Potassium, K 640 mg (13.62%)
Copper, Cu 0.098 mg (10.89%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.118 mg (9.08%)
Manganese, Mn 0.136 mg (5.91%)
Zinc, Zn 0.56 mg (5.09%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.06 mg (4.62%)
Tryptophan 0.019 g (4.32%)
Protein 1.84 g (3.68%)
Isoleucine 0.061 g (3.65%)
Iron, Fe 0.29 mg (3.63%)
|Calories in 1 cup (1/2″ slices) 120g||14 Kcal.|