July 31, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Bamboo Shoots

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Bamboo shoots from the rural parts of Sarawak are harvested around July every year.

Bamboo has been grown any where in Sarawak the moment an indigenous group settle in an area, be they Iban, Kelabit, Lun Bawang,Saban or Kayan.

Most bamboo planted by the Ibans can be divided into sweet edible bamboo, construction bamboo, pansuh bamboo (used as cooking pots) and small bamboos (for making baskets). In this way the early migrants have plenty of materials for both food and construction. Many bamboo plants also line padi fields to denote boundaries of ownership.

When Iban farmers walk to work in the morning, they would harvest the fresh bamboo shoots they see. Immediately they will get rid of the layers of inedible coats and take to the farm only the inner hearts for their lunch.

Any surplus will be soaked for two or three days in plain water. This soaking creates some kind of sourness, resulting in a very delicious natural pickle.

God gives us wisdom to handle all the blessings he created for us.

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