"Where the breadfruit
fall and the penguin call
And the sound is
the sound of the sea
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Bamboo shoots contain toxic concentrations of cyanogens, which cause cyanide poisoning. Thus, they must always be cooked before canning or eating. Perhaps this is why an ancient Chinese proverb says, "When eating bamboo shoots, remember the men who planted them."
Tu Fu, 8th century Chinese poet, includes them in a "Quiet Moment" (trans. J.A. Turner):
Catkins tossed to left and right