Bao always looks for four-year-old bamboo plants before locating bamboo shoots. Digging along the subterranean stamen, picking the shoots gently are necessary to prevent the roots from being harmed. Covered with earth, the harvested shoots can be preserved for over two weeks in a natural way.
1500 kilometers southwest of eastern Zhijiang, a lush summer falls on a bamboo forest in Liuzhou. Guangxi native, Yih Yaliang, manages a bamboo forest that produces large sweet bamboo shoots. “The most tender bamboo shoot can be harvested between mid June and mid September.”Bamboo shoots were solidified shortly after breaking to the soil. They turn old and bitter if not dug out in time. Yih’s forest yields the rezoned shoot that grows in summer. It is not as tender as the winter bamboo shoots, but it is the main ingredient for making Liuzhou sour bamboo shoot.