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RF: Bamboo Bonanza

September 13, 2010

Random Fact liked bamboo before bamboo was all the rage in clothing, linens and sustainable flooring. Can you say “Tiki Bar?”

September 18 is World Bamboo Day. Fun facts about bamboo don’t quite equal the distinct number of bamboo species but a day dedicated to the stuff is a good excuse to share a few.

Bamboo forest

-There are more than 1,000 known species of bamboo.

-Bamboo is technically a grass, not real wood.

-The bamboo used in flooring grows mostly in China and Vietnam.

-A German watchmaker used a carbonized bamboo filament inside a glass bulb in 1854 to make the first light bulb. Edison also used bamboo splits as filaments, which lasted about 40 hours before burning out.

-Moso bamboo, used in textile making, can reach a mature height of 75 feet in two months.

D. giganteus-

-The tallest bamboo is named, cleverly, Dendrocalmus giganteus. It is common in Northeast India and North Bengal and typically grows 30 to 35 meters, though the tallest specimen topped 42 meters.

-Washington State University study found one survey of bamboo shoots contributes 10 percent of daily fiber requirements.

-The original polo balls were made from a bamboo rhizome.

-A small study of young women in the United States and Korea found adding bamboo shoots to the diet may improve cholesterol levels and improve bowel health. Six days after eating bamboo shoots, the women not only pooped more, but more often.

-In China, bamboo wood is called zhu, in Vietnam it is called tre and in Japan it is called take, which sounds an awful lot like tiki to me.

Happy Bamboo Day. Grab a funny glass and a wee umbrella. Or hug a panda.

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