Bambusa arundinacea – Famine Foods

Bambusa arundinacea

Bambusa bambos


India: seeds eaten. India (Rajasthan, western): newly sprouted buds eaten; growing buds used for vegetable and pickled; (Madras Presidency): seeds eaten as rice substitute. Young shoots cooked into curries. (Garhwal Himalayas): young shoots made into curry and pickled.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Tamil: Mungil arisee. Telugu: Veduru. English: Bamboo, Thorny Bamboo
Chemical composition (seeds): Lysine content has been analyzed at 4.4% to 4.8%, compared to such cereals as wheat and rice, which have lysine contents of ca. 2.5%. Tryptophan deficit is up to 50%. Cultivation as a crop is limited only by the long time taken for the plant to flower - a factor which might be rectified by selective breeding. Mean net protein utilization (NPU) is 73.6%. Growth-promoting effect is equivalent to that of milk protein. Biological valence and digestive co-efficient averages 78.2% to 94.1%. Protein efficiency ratio is 2.92% as compared to skim milk at 2.78%.

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