[permaculture] when to harvest bamboo

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Fri Oct 15 18:08:49 EDT 2010

On 10/15/2010 4:35 PM, Dieter Brand wrote:
>> Which bamboo varieties produce edible culms?
> My bamboo book lists the following as being edible (the shoots not the culms):
> bambusa arundinacea
> phyllostachys aurea
> phyllostachys aureosulcata
> phyllostachys dulcis
> phyllostachys flexuosa
> phyllostachys nidularia
> phyllostachys nigra ‘Boryana’
> phyllostachys pubescens
> pleioblastus hindsii
> sasa palmate
> thamnocalamus tessallatus
> Another source also recommends phyllostachys heterocycla, phyllostachys praecox, phyllostachys iridescens.
> I have a small phyllostachys that is edible.  I think it is phyllostachys aurea.  The nodes at the lower part are compressed and form a somewhat thicker and tapered base, which makes the culms useless for most other purposes.  The voles love the shoots too.

Thqnks Dieter. Does a shoot grow out of a clum which is a node on a 
rhizome? Googled anatomy of a bamboo plant and got stuck looking at pics 
& descriptions of various varieties and discussion of grasses in 
general. You might enjoy this:

More information about the permaculture mailing list