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In this blog, we would like to share with you how bamboo can improve and enhance your outdoor space and other useful practical information such as how to maintain bamboo, bamboo shoots in cooking, etc.

Harvest and Preparation of Bamboo Shoots

By Jenni Li, Owner of Bamboo Forever Nursery | April 26, 2019  | Volume 1

From late spring to fall, it’s the season for new bamboo shoots. If you want to take advantage of this super low-calorie vegetable, read on…

Follow these simple steps and you can have yummy bamboo shoots on your dinner table too

1. When you see bamboo shoots out of ground for about 3-6 inches, cut another 2-3 inches below the ground.

 

2. Rinse off all the dirt with garden hose.
3. Using a big cutting board and bigger knife, cut the shoot in half.

4. If the bottom part of the shoot is too hard, cut some out until it’s tender.
5. Twist the sheath off. I recommend you ware kitchen gloves for this step, because the short fur on the sheath could poke you.

6. After all sheath are off, rinse the shoots again and cut the shoots to 2 inch chunks.

7. Boil them for 25 minutes and pour out the hot water.

8. Get a fresh pot of water to boiling and boil the shoots for another 15 minutes.
9. Pour out the hot water and let the bamboo shoots soak in cold water.

10. At this point, you can cut the shoots to your desired size to be used in any dishes, such as stir fries, noodles, salad, stew, and of course, soup.

What’s shown here is a super simple, but delicious, bamboo shoots stir fry with garlic and oyster source.

Harvest and Preparation of Bamboo Leaf Tea

By Jenni Li, Owner of Bamboo Forever Nursery | September 3, 2020  | Volume 2

Bamboo leaf tea – bamboo leaves from many bamboo varieties can be made into tea. The taste is refreshing, fragrant and mild.
Health Benefits of bamboo leaf tea (sourced from web research)
The bamboo leaf contains 70% organic silica (also known as silicon), which provides some awesome benefits:
  1.  It promotes healthy hair and nail growth.
  2.  It’s a building block of collagen — a protein our body uses to rejuvenate skin and joints.
  3.  It prevents the absorption of aluminium in the digestive system. Aluminium may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions.
Oldhamii and Seabreeze both are excellent choices, among many others, for bamboo leaf tea.
Here is How To make your own cup of bamboo leaf tea!
Take 2-3 ounces of fresh clean bamboo leaves, boil 500 ml or 2 cups of water, put the tender bamboo leaves (I cut them into smaller pieces) in, and cook for 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Strain the bamboo leaves, pour the cooked bamboo leaf tea into a cup and let it cool before drinking. Add sugar or cream to taste.