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Amazing Bamboo

Updated on May 18, 2010
Bamboo frames for plastic domes for growing plants
Bamboo frames for plastic domes for growing plants
Bamboo used in fish farm
Bamboo used in fish farm
Bamboo in Fish farm
Bamboo in Fish farm
bamboo towels
bamboo towels
Bamboo grove
Bamboo grove

The many uses of bamboo

What an amazing plant the bamboo is! It is essentially a grass that grows with a thick strong woody stem. Some of the strong bamboos are used as building materials. One can build a house of bamboo - with walls, roof, ceiling and floors all made from the strong stalks of the bamboo.

Bamboo is the the fastest growing woody plants in the world (Wikipedia).

Building.

In Asian countries it is used to create building platforms - they are as strong a steel and in many Chinese countries you will see the bamboo used as scaffolding around building sites. It seems to resist all pests and even the white ant, that can eat its way through other timber, does not manage to make a meal out of bamboo.

On farms in Asia the strong bamboo is used to make the frames of plastic covers to protect vegetable and flower plants.

Another Hub about Bamboo

There are of course many varieties of bamboo, and many more uses.

Food.

Anyone who has heard of the Giant Panda in China has learned that they live on bamboo - and it is a special type that appeals to them. Not just any bamboo!!! And the Red Panda from Nepal also loves to eat bamboo.

Bamboo shoots are often on the menu of Chinese restaurants and they can be purchased in fruit and vegetable markets in Asia, or in other parts of the world. They are also canned.

Quite a delicacy!!!

Furnishings.

Bamboo has been used to make furniture for centuries. The strong stems of the bamboo can also be moulded or curved to help make curniture. Tables, chairs, blinds, mats, screens, etc can be made from this remarkable renewable resource.

Bar stools, bars, cupboards - the list is endless.

Table mats, food canisters, drinking vessels, - all can be made with bamboo. In South Korea we were served rice in bamboo - it was actually cooked in the bamboo.

Steamers are made with bamboo - they are used to steam various foods over a wok or other container of boiling water.

Bamboo skewers are made and used to serve foods eg, fish, chicken, octopus etc.

Paper

For centuries the pulp of the bamboo has been used to create paper in Asia.

Fabric

The Chinese have developed several methods of turning bamboo into fabric. It is soft, easy to clean and very comfortable close to the skin. It is used to make towels, and clothes, including underwear and as a t-short and dress fabric.

Musical Instruments.

Quite a number of musical instruments are made with bamboo, including types of flutes or recorders, whistles and as part of some musical instruments. Little bird call whistles are made from bamboo.

Other things - bicycles (essentially the frames), baskets, wheels, etc. Almost anything can be made using bamboo.

It is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo

More on bamboo.


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    • Aussieteacher profile imageAUTHOR

      Di 

      8 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      Certainly food - in the way of bamboo shoots. Very popular here. yes, you wouldn't want to try to chew on an old cane. Bamboo shoots for human consumption, and many animals eat parts of bamboo, e.g. the Giant Panda only eats bamboo.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      O.k. you caught my eye with your subtitle, "Food" for a split second I thought you meant human consumption. LOL! Bamboo is a beautiful wonderful product with many uses. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on being nominated to the HubNuggets Wannabe Contest for this week.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes, we do use bamboos over here in our country! :)

      Aussieteacher, it is with great delight that I announce your Hubnugget nomination. Over here please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/2010-A-HubNug... Vote, vote, vote and ask your friends to vote for your hub too. Non members can vote as well.

    • Aussieteacher profile imageAUTHOR

      Di 

      8 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      Thanks Faybe Bay, I had a look at some sites on bamboo bicyles. I think the idea of making them for Ghana is a great idea.

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      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Very nice! There is even a company building bicycles out of bamboo. I had planned to do a hub on them but I forgot! You might google Bamboo Bicycles, and do a sister hub on that. It's very cool how they got the company up and running, plus put people to work there as well.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      aussie teacher, that is a great informative hub. Its truly amazing stuff. And can be used for so many things.

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