Vol.09. Nos.1 - 2 (2010) pp.65-72

Bamboo: Its prospects as food and medicine

Authors:Joemon Jacob; Chitra, C.R; Kariyappa, K.C; William Decruse, S

Abstract: The emerging young fresh succulent bamboo shoots of Bambusa balcooa, B. tulda, Dendrocalamus halmiltonii, Melocanna bambusoides and Teinostachyum wightii are edible. The young fresh bamboo shoots contain various ingredient of nutritional significance like carbohydrate, protein, ascorbic acid, flavonoids, tannins, and total phenols. Eight amino acids were also present. They contain high level of phytosterols which offers as precursors of steroidal drugs by pharmaceutical industries for commercial exploitation at low cost.

Keywords:Bamboo shoots; nutritive values; medicinal properties.

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