Can You Eat Bamboo Shoots?

Not all bamboo shoots are edible. Of the 1700 different kinds of bamboo plants, less than 200 are considered edible. 

Yet only a handful are delicious, they can be eaten raw or cooked.

Most of the are bitter and require thorough preparations before cooking and eating.

bamboo shoots you can eat
Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo Shoot

10 edible bamboo shoots

These 10 edible bamboo plants grow in the UK, either in gardens or in botanical gardens as exotic tropical plants. You can actually grow them.

Most are featured here at Garden Bamboo Plants, follow the links for more details.


  • Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo [5/5]
  • Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda Walking Stick Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys nuda Nude Sheath Bamboo [5/5]
Can you eat bamboo
Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo Shoot


  • Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis [4/5]
  • Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo [4/5]
  • Phyllostachys edulis Moso Bamboo [4/5]


  • Phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense Bamboo [3/5]
  • Fargesia robusta Umbrella Bamboo [3/5]
  • Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo [3/5]

For more on edible ratings, check out this website

Edible bamboo shoots UK
Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo plants for sale, UK

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

When to harvest bamboo shoots?

New shoots can be harvested for culinary uses. 

There is approximately a three-year lead time before the edible bamboo plants reach harvestable growths.

Thereafter the plants will continue to produce new shoots every spring and throughout summer.

This will continue for the 60-80 years lifespan of the bamboo plant. 

Bamboo shoot nutrition facts

Bamboo shoots are high in fibres. They also contain calories, carbohydrates and a minute amount of potassium and manganese.

The edible bamboo shoots are great fibre supplements.

are bamboo bamboo shoot edible?
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Dried bamboo shoots

Dried bamboo shoots are a traditional ingredient in many Asian cuisines.

They have unique flavours, high in fibre and nutrients. 

Some dishes are cooked with duck, pork and also fish or beef are tasty and delicious.

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