Bamboo

Although the bamboo is often thought to be a tree, it is actually a type of evergreen perennial grass that is woody when mature but whose young shoots are edible. The mature stalks are characterized by green internodes ribbed with cream-colored, brown-speckled sheaths and hanging leaves up to 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Fresh bamboo shoots are light yellow or brown, purple at the root end, and white at the stalk end. The cooked young shoots are crisp, fragrant, and mild in flavor.

Family Graminaceae Scientific name Phyllostachys species, Bambusa species Common name bamboo

^ A source of potassium

Family Graminaceae Scientific name Phyllostachys species, Bambusa species Common name bamboo

^ A source of potassium

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