It’s a highly sought after and tasty vegetable in Asian cooking. Its tensile strength is comparable to steel and it’s a great material for building houses and furniture. It holds the world record for the fastest growing plant on earth. Thomas Edison used it as a filament in his light bulb. It’s a grass but people call it a tree. It was the only surviving plant in the terrible heat and radiation of the Hiroshima bomb.
Bamboo is still widely used in Taiwan, from chopsticks to sky high construction scaffolding, from toothbrushes to bicycle frames, baskets and kitchen steamers. Finally there are few things as calming and relaxing than a stroll through a bamboo forest, with the tops swaying gently in the breeze.
Here is a glimpse of the many faces of bamboo.