1: Grass, not Tree
Yes, you heard that correctly. Bamboo is actually grass, not trees. You might think that it looks totally like a tree with its fat, woody stem like a tree stump. In truth, however, bamboo is the largest member of the grass family.
2: A Meter in Day
Some kinds of Japanese bamboo can grow about a meter (about 3 feet) in a day. That means, if you were to set a time lapse camera next to the tree for a day, you would see it growing! Some people even say if you look closely enough, you can see it growing, without even needing to see it in time lapse.
In some Japanese homes, people wake up to see a bamboo shoot coming out in the middle of their house!
3: Bamboo has Been Used in Numerous Inventions
The first lightbulb that was made by Thomas Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament, and the first helicopter was inspired by a toy helicopter made of bamboo.
4: Bamboo Can be a Very Healthy Source of Food
Whether cooked, pickled, or fresh, bamboo is commonly eaten by Japanese people, not only because of its excellent taste, but for its health benefits as well. Bamboo shoots are very low in calories, while also providing an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium.
5: Bamboo is One of the Strongest Materials on Earth
Bamboo is actually stronger than steel. And that’s not an overstatement.
Prosumerschoice.com says, “Bamboo’s strength stems in part from its unique ability to bend without breaking; it provides flexibility without sacrificing lightness or endurance.