Bamboo Shoot Cuisine

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A natural flavor that's a common sight in Spring in Otokuni

Of the many Spring vegetables available, bamboo shoots in particular evoke feelings of Spring. Since ancient times, Otokuni in Kyoto Prefecture has been famous as a production center for bamboo shoots. Grown from the soil of carefully maintained bamboo groves and high quality water, Otokuni bamboo shoots are soft and sweet. Bamboo shoots first appear here around mid-March and are used in sashimi, dengaku, tempura, rice, and a variety of other dishes to add a seasonal taste and aroma.

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