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Popular Benefits and Uses of Bamboo Plants

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Can you recall the time when bamboo was considered to be just a snack for pandas? Well, these days are over as this highly sustainable kind of plant is being utilized for some others uses other than just a food for these cute panda bears. Bamboo wood is broadly praised as an ecological backbone in the production of a rich array of commercial products–from floors and furniture to household items and even fashion accessories. But is bamboo as ecological as they say?

panda and bamboo

We have without a doubt never stumbled upon a bamboo tree. If we head up to the mountains or hill regions, we’ll find some nicely arranged bamboo trees. You can also plant them in your home’s yard if you wish to go DIY and plant them yourself.

Yellow bamboo plants especially make great decorative plants in your house garden. Bamboo trees along their crips are reproduced by a virgin method called “budding”. Bamboo trees that feature strong plants are easy to take care of.

You should aim to grow bamboo plants that are robust enough to resist harsh weather conditions.

So what are the pros of bamboo trees?

Bamboo trees come with lots of advantages and they come from various parts of the plant–its leaves, stems, etc. Check the rest of the article for some popular benefits and uses of bamboo plants.

As pet food/snacks

Because bamboo shoots aren’t too hard to chew on, their twigs and leaves especially are food sources for pandas in China, red pandas in Nepal, and lemurs in Madagascar. And some unpopular animals that also like to munch on some bamboo shots are mice. African mountain gorillas, monkeys, and elephants are also fans of bamboo as well.

As a culinary ingredient

Fermented bamboo shoots are often used for several culinary purposes in the Himalayan region.

In India, they call these Khorisha. In Nepal, bamboo shoots are fermented with a blend of turmeric and sayur oil and cooked with potatoes to accompany rice-based dishes.

In Indonesia, bamboo shoots are cut into thin slices and boiled in coconut milk and seasonings to make a vegetarian curry dish.

As a cooking utensil

The interior part of an old bamboo shot is typically used as a cooking tool in many Asian countries. Bamboo rods are used in soups and rice dishes exposed to the heat until they are fully cooked. Cooking inside a bamboo shoot is great for creating enhancing the flavors of a dish.

As a material for making cooking and eating tools

Bamboo is additionally employed to create chopsticks, spatulas, spoons, and other cooking utensils.
It is used as a raw material to produce several household items like fish traps, rice or plant baskets, bamboo hats, ornaments, etc.

As home construction agent

There are many country regions in Asian nations where bamboo wood is used as a building agent in place of common stones or bricks.

In China and Indonesian regions like Java, bamboo plants were used to build house walls, several ages ago. They come from thick bamboo trees, which are used at the base similar to rafters. Bamboo, in general, makes a great source of building materials that are used in several rural Asian regions.

There is an estimate of 1250 bamboo species in the world, 11% of which originate from Indonesia. Buildings made of bamboo wood are quite earthquake-resistant. Still, they aren’t used as much in lesser communities and regions exposed to natural disasters.

As bridge construction materials

Bamboo rods are also used to build bridges in times of emergency, on rural areas surrounding us. Bamboo has a large size and is sturdy and robust enough to be used as a bridge construction material.

As a musical organ

In Indonesia, bamboo is also used as a traditional musical organ. An example of such an organ is the “Angklung”. There is also a bamboo flute that originates from Sunda as well as “Seruling” or “Suling” which are also made of bamboo.

Can be used as ornaments and decorative pieces or furniture

Βamboo trees can also be utilized in making lady fans, wall paintings, tabletop vases or booths, sunscreens, cots, floors and even yard fences. Due to its similar structure and characteristics with hardwoods, it makes a great flooring material.

Furthermore, it is fairly resistant to insects and moisture levels due to its sturdiness and makes a great flooring agent.

As a weapons

Back in the old times, bamboos were also used in Indonesia as weapons by national fighters during the Independence war and were known as “Bambu Runcing” which translates to “bamboo spears”.

However, it is known that in some parts of East and Southeast Asia in particular, bamboo was used as self-defense weapons.

An example was their use in a martial art called “Silambam” in the Ancient Tamil age, where martial art fighters were split in two and fought with bamboo sticks against each other.

As an alternative source of food

The very early and baby sprouts of the plant can be cooked as well. Even though they don’t offer much nutritional value, they are still useful for fighting hunger and starvation in cases of emergency.

As a natural alternative to sandpaper

The dry leaves of bamboos can also be used as polishing agents to make wood furnishings look polished and shinier naturally in place of a typical varnish or sandpaper. You will need extra patience though if you use it like that as it takes time and effort.

The issue is that when bamboo leaves become light gray in shade, the outer layer will become more prone to breakage and damage.

As a conventional messaging tool

In traditional Japanese regions, this tool is known as “Kentongan”.

When someone hits it multiple times in specific patterns, he/she sends signals or a message to the village that something urgent is going on.

Other not so well-known uses of bamboo include the making of fence panels, garden furniture, and planters.

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