Bamboo Uses

 

  • IMG_5970L 4Environmentally cleansing – Atmospheric(producing up to 35% more oxygen than trees, being the fastest growing woody plant existing), to the soil (effectively absorbing toxins and heavy metals, controlling erosion with its widespread, dense, mat of fine, fibrous roots, and heavily mulching the soil with its leaf litter and roots, building the topsoil, and providing habitat to microorganisms.) Bamboo also provides safe nesting for birds, and thus because it cleanses the soil, Bamboo can be used to cleanse and protect water ways.

  • Transforms spaces – providing shade, beauty and tranquility. Ideal for hedges, screens, windbreaks, ornamental / specimen plantings and groves / plantations.

  • Edible and nutritious – Bamboo shoots are a delicious vegetable, harvested before exceeding 1 foot. Slice the shoot in half vertically, pop the inner shoot out of the outer sheath, the inside is trimmed up, boiled for 15 – 30 minutes and added to salads, stir-fries, curries etc. Bamboo shoots are a good source of trace elements and vitamins, including B vitamins. Bamboo leaves can be added to herbal teas (good with lemon grass). Bamboo is one of the highest plant sources of Silica (an essential wonder mineral which has amazing benefits for the body, it strengthens hair, nails, skin, joints and bones. Silica accelerates healing, and draws out toxins and foreign particles like splinters from the skin.) Bamboo leaves are also very high in soluble fibre (Fibre is essential for absorbing toxins.), antioxidants, and protein! (excellent animal fodder)

  • Bamboo poles – sustainable timber alternative, harvested at 4-7 years old, in early winter. Uses include construction, fencing, furniture, garden stakes and ornaments, wind chimes, musical instruments, baskets, containers / cups, eating / cooking utensils etc. Cut with a┬áJapanese pull saw, always above a node, as low as possible.