[permaculture] Edible bamboo?

Linda Ray lindaray at att.net
Sat Jun 2 16:45:07 EDT 2012

Hey Dieter,
I'm remembering some kind of old Chinese torture where the bamboo sprouted inside a person and was a Very Bad Thing. Seems to me it was slivers and not seeds that did it.
I don't think I'd eat anymore of it until you can check that out. That's the only reason I'm posting this. Don't laugh :-/.
Much as I dislike alarmist communications, I couldn't keep quiet about this one, sorry.
JM $.02 .

--- On Sat, 6/2/12, Dieter Brand <diebrand at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Dieter Brand <diebrand at yahoo.com>
Subject: [permaculture] Edible bamboo?
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 1:04 PM

I have a number of edible bamboos which I have been harvesting for a few years.  There is one type of bamboo a neighbor gave to me and of which I don’t know the name.  Since I don’t know the name I can’t check if it is edible or not.

The problem is that I don’t know what it means if a bamboo is “not edible”.  Does it mean that it is poisonous or does it just mean that it doesn’t taste very good or that it is too hard to eat?  I tried a bit raw today and it didn’t taste much different from the edible ones I have.  Would it be safe to eat?


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