Nutritional Value

Bambusa oldhami and Phyllostachys edulis are two varieties sold in Taiwan fresh markets. The approximate nutritional composition in a 100-g edible portion is given in Table 1 (13).

Figure 5. Harvest of Dendrocalamus latiflorus shoot.

Figure 6. Sun drying of fermented shoots of A latiflorus.

are popular in summer when other vegetables are in shortage. Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro has a longer production season from late March to early November. The average weight of each shoot is 2 kg. Green bamboo shoots weigh 0.65 kg. The shoots ofD. latiflorus are cut when 50100 cm above the ground (Fig. 5) and are mainly used for processing because they are relatively bitter and tough.

Phyllostachys edulis yields winter shoots, available from November to February, which are smaller, sweeter, and of better quality than spring shoot, available from March to May. Winter shoots of P. edulis are considered the best flavored shoots and are precious among winter vegetables due to small production.

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