Moso bamboo has been used in Europe, Asia, and especially China for more than 4,000 years due to its extreme versatility. Younger shoots, which are edible, are included in numerous Asian dishes and are available in many supermarkets. Bamboo’s culinary applications also include use in cooking utensils, kitchenware, such as chopsticks, and cutting boards.
Chinese medicine also credits bamboo as an effective treatment for infections, while Indian medicine has long used the silicious concentration found in the culms of the bamboo stem as a tonic for respiratory diseases. Additionally, bamboo fibers are used in everything from textiles, paper, and musical instruments, to bicycles, skateboards, furniture, and building materials, including flooring and decking.