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Bamboo

Bamboo trees grow mainly in Asia, sometimes up to 30 m tall. Bamboo leaves are used to wrap food prior to cooking and the young shoots are widely used in Asian cooking. The shoots are crunchy in texture and have a mild flavour, and are often added to stir–fries and soups. Bamboo shoots are sold in tins, bottles or fresh (these are seasonal and expensive and need to be boiled to remove the toxins).