Bamboo a less likely perennial food

bamboo shoots boil in hot water
Bamboo shoots boil in hot water

Bamboos is a member of the grass family and is one of the largest members of the grass family. There are about 1,000 species of bamboo, of which more than a hundred are edible.

Life Span

  • Bamboos are a set of woody-evergreen that’s perennial.

Growth Habit

  • Succulent plants – herbaceous or herbs (succulent seed plants possessing self-supporting stems)
  • Vine – a climbing or trailing herbaceous plant (Liana – a climbing or trailing woody plant)
  • Trees – having a single central axis
  • Shrub – having several more or less upright stems

Hardiness

bamboo can be found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to tropical climate. However, in the United States, geographic locations best suited for bamboo would normally be determined by your geographic locations hardiness zone.

What exactly is a Hardiness Zone?

Where can Bamboo be grown in the United States

They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to tropical climates. In the United States bamboo can be grown from hardiness zone five and above.  Basically, this means US hardiness zones 5 through 10.

Appearance

Bamboo is a tall treelike grass with woody ring-stems, called culms, which grow in branching groups coming from a thick rhizome underground stem.  Among the edible species, the size and shape of the shoots vary.

Bamboo used as food

Yes, bamboo may be eaten. Bamboo shoots and young tips are the most commonly eaten portion of the plant and are eaten as cooked vegetables. However, the seeds may also be eaten like a grain in those rare time in which bamboo flowers.   The seeds may be boiled, ground, or mix in cooking foods like other seeds. If you are looking for creative ways to use bamboo shoots in your cooking please see Asian cuisines, because bamboo shoots are frequently used in their recipes.

How to prepare bamboo shoots for eating

bamboo shoots must be thoroughly cooked before being consumed regularly. To prepare your shoots for eating they must be peeled and cooked, normally, boiled for 20 minutes or more.

Caution: if you’re going to use bamboo as food please make sure that it is cooked thoroughly to prevent unintended poisoning.

Bamboo Uses in the Kitchen

bamboo can be used in the kitchen and a number of ways which is only limited by your creativity. Among the common ways of using bamboo in the kitchen are:

  • as utensils (e.g. chopsticks)
  • as cooking utensils (e.g. steamers)
  • as food wraps to cook food in, normally, this is where the leaves are used.

 Bamboo used as paper

Pulped-fibres of a little bamboo species, mainly Dendrocalamus strictus and also Bambusa bamboos, are widely used to make fine quality paper.

Use Of bamboo as wood, building and construction material

The jointed stems of bamboo have many possible uses that are numerous the biggest stems provide planks for houses and rafts, while both large and tiny stems tend to be lashed collectively to make the scaffoldings used on building construction internet sites.

How to obtain bamboo as food

Commercial availability

Bamboo is readily available in the marketplace and can be readily obtained online, in your local Asian market or the specially second section of most local grocers.

Bamboo shoots as forage food

However, it is also a forage food if you happen to have a stand of bamboo freely available to you of the correct type. Actually, there are two or three stands here in Texas near where I live, which with the landowner’s permission could be forged in the spring for bamboo shoots.

Grow your own bamboo for food

Growing your own bamboo for food may well be the best way to ensure you have the correct variety for eating, but may take some management to ensure that they don’t spread too far.

How to start A bamboo

while bamboo may be grown from seed, bamboo seeds are not normally readily available. Therefore, it is much easier to obtain a living plant from a friend or from a commercial source and plant that in your prepared area. Once established, bamboo will provide a perennial source of food year after year, provided it is suitable for your geographic location.  I would avoid planting it too close to structures such as your house or outbuildings. Bamboo does and will spread and planting it too close to other structures you care about could cause problems later.

Bamboos is a fast-growing in some species can grow as much as an inch in a day. To grow grown bamboo:

  • Bamboo should be spaced less than six feet apart to create a screen or a small dense cluster.
  • Use garden compost or manure to your workplace into the earth around your new bamboo growing.
  • water regularly during the first growing season, this includes winter while the ground is still not frozen.

Related References

Perennial – ‘Common’ Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic was used at the beginning of recorded history and was in use in Egypt pyramids and ancient Greece.  The root is composed of from ten to fifteen small bulbs, called “cloves,” which are enclosed in a thin, white, semi-transparent skin, or pellicle. The leaves are long and narrow. The flower-stem is cylindrical, about eighteen inches in height, and terminates in an umbel, or group, of pale-pink flowers, intermixed with small bulbs. The seeds are black, and, inform, irregular; but are seldom employed for propagation; the cloves, or small bulbs, succeeding better.

Hardiness

  • Perennial

Origins

  • Southern Europe.

Uses

  • Common garlic is cultivated for its bulbs, or cloves, which possess more of the flavor of the onion than any other alliaceous plant. These are sometimes employed in soups, stews, and other dishes; and, in some parts of Europe, are eaten in a raw state with bread.  Garlic’s strong flavor, and the offensive odor it communicates to the breath, causing it to be sparingly used in our cookery.
  • Garlic can be planted as a border or inter-planted.   The flowers will attract bees of many varieties to your garden to help with pollination.

Attracts

  • Bees

Requirements

  • Garlic thrives best in a light, well-enriched soil and is helped by lite side dressing throughout the growing season.    Keeping the ground free from weeds and regularly watered.

When to Plant

  • Common garlic is commonly planted in the fall; especially, in southern climates.  However, it may be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked.
  • Plant an inch deep, in rows or on ridges, fourteen inches apart, and five or six inches apart in the rows.
  • I do, periodically, plant in small clusters of three to five in the corners of my raised beds or in areas where I expect my vines to cover serving as a pollinator attractor.

Cautions

  • Not recommended for inter-planting or companion planting with beans if any kind.

Harvesting

When the leaves turn yellow, the plants may be taken up and sun-dried.  After having been dried in the sun, they should be tied up in bunches by the stalks, and suspended in a dry, airy room, for use.

Storage

The easiest way to store common garlic at home is in mesh bags or loosely woven baskets. Garlic with flexible tops can be made into pretty braids to hang; see our online slideshow for an easy how-to. Common garlic keeps longest when stored at 60 to 65 degrees and in moderate humidity.