Precious spring flavor: Fresh Wild Bamboo Shoot

Updated: Mar 19

Fresh bamboo herts can be tasted late april to early May

I served fresh bamboo shoot to the guests for my cooking class from late in April to early in May. The main season is depend on the area and prefecture through Japan. First, the bamboo shoot arrive in grocery stores in Tokyo around the first week of April, and followed by Tokyo area, then Tohoku, north area in mid of May.

The edible tender hearts covered with layers of hard shells.

The procedule is also fun experience

After the hard shells has been removed, the tender hearts will be cooked in plenty of water with rice husk for about 1.5 hours. The rice husk remove the bamboo's bitterness and unpleasant taste.

After cooked the bamboo then rinse well and cook with rice.

Takenoko-gohan, bamboo shoot cooked rice; precious spring dish

We eat bamboo rice to cerebrate coming of spring.

A meal set of seasonal cooking class in April

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