Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth and also one of the most sustainable. It produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees and can regenerate from below ground rhizomes providing a sustainable forestry alternative for wood products without the need for replanting.
Bamboo is currently used to make flooring, furniture and clothing fiber. It is also an excellent material for use in skis, snowboards and skateboards for the strength and durability.
Bamboo shoots are also a popular food commodity in Asia and are beginning to emerge in the US. Several different species produce edible shoots each spring that are harvested and prepared in numerous ways in a variety of dishes and salads.
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