bamboo shoot

W50xL150xH40mm, China

This is a pottery figurine of a bamboo shoot.

Bamboo shoot, the sprout of the bamboo plant, is a great delicacy.  It is harvested when it has barely seen from the soil, when its texture is still fruit like before turning woody.  If it is left a night too long the bamboo shoot will be too hard to be consumed. It is not comparable to another other vegetables and the tin version is nothing close to the real thing.