We went up to the mountain today and bamboo shoots are sticking out just everywhere! Quite a change from my last posts on recipes for preparation of bamboo shoots, from which a full harvest was a colander-ful, now we can easily gather more than we can carry off the mountain at once and still leave lots of shoots to grow into bamboo.
Like I mentioned, parts of the mountain are quite steep but the bamboo has no trouble sending up shoots through its root structure any old where, and many of these are perched out on cliffs, leaving me scrambling for footing while digging and cutting them out. One that I found today looked like one of those but when I started digging it made a turn underground … and kept on going … and going …
By the time I finally uncovered the roots it looked like this–keep in mind that when I saw it, only the top three or four inches were visible above the ground. The only way I was able to dig it out was that it was on the edge of a steep section that allowed me to peel back the dirt easily.
Hiro said the final result reminded her of a wild boar. While the two are an order of magnitude apart, I know what she means. This was an incredible find–so unusual that we called the newspaper. Hope they print it! 7.2 kg, or almost 16 lbs, as much as a 5-month-old baby!