- Of the 1575 known bamboo species worldwide, 110 species are recorded to have edible shoots. Edible meaning a satisfactory to delicious taste, because even though some bamboo shoots are classified as edible, they must be carefully prepared and boiled before consuming!Bamboo shoots may contain significant, potentially very toxic, amounts of cyanogenic glycosides. Various reports even place bamboo shoots amongst the most potentially toxic plant materials, exceeding apricot, bitter almond stones and considerably exceeding that of cassava.However, the cyanogenic glycoside in bamboo is in fact taxiphyllin. Taxiphyllin is unusual amongst other similar compounds in the sense that it degrades readily in boiling water. Thus boiling bamboo shoots or cooking bamboo shoots should remove any problem.http://www.guaduabamboo.com/edible-bamboo-shoots.html
google the species name and taxiphyllin for more info.
From: Sam Schaperow <sam.schaperow@...>
To: pfaf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, May 24, 2013 1:22 pm
Does Phyllostachys dulcis contain taxiphyllin? I understand people eat this species raw. If it lacks taxiphyllin, I'd expect that's a fine practice.
Sam Schaperow, MSMFT, LMFT