Bamboo /Bambuseae/

Bamboo is the world’s largest grass that has both clumping and running varieties. Culms grow from an underground rhizome.

Uses

Usage

The shoots of edible varieties are boiled and used in stir-fries, curries and pickles. Bamboo seed is eaten in the same way as rice.

Production Requirements

Climate

Temperate, subtropics and tropics

Edible varieties for the

B.oldhamii, D.asper, D.brandisii, D.gigantius, D.latiflorus and all the running

subtropics

bamboos

Edible parts

Bamboo shoots and seed

Cultivation

Full sun. Prefers moist fertile soil.

Propagation

Division or cuttings of 20cms, planted horizontally 15cm deep in pots or direct.

Risks and weed potential

Running bamboo is invasive and should only be planted if surrounded by substantial underground barriers or water. Best practice is just to plant clumping bamboo.

Harvesting & Processing

Harvest

Bamboo shoots are blanched by mounding about 20cm of soil or well-rotted manure over the just-emerging shoots. Blanching keeps the roots tender and sweet. When they emerge through this layer, remove the soil and cut the shoots with a knife at ground level.

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No members are guardian of this plant.

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