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August 2012 Issue

Exotic Bamboo Shoots Offer Flavor and Health Rewards

A staple in Asian cuisine, bamboo has been eaten by the Chinese for more than 2,500 years. Yet, in this country, bamboo is most recognized for its non-culinary roles in construction, furniture and textiles. That isn’t to say Americans don’t appreciate the subtle sweet flavor and distinct tender crunch of bamboo shoots in their stir fry and curry—it just hasn’t crossed into mainstream American menus yet. But as studies continue to reveal the health benefits of these little shoots, that may soon change.

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