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Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo is the favorite food of Giant Panda bears. It is grown all over the Panda's habitat. But it also can and is grown in many other parts of the world. In th U.S., many varieties have been imported and flourish in home gardens. They are popular in home gardens where Japanese or asian setting are desired. For others, they just like the challenge of growing something different. Bamboo can be grown in most climates. It also requires little care and attention, thriving and spreading profusely through it's root system . It is strongly recommended that gardeners create a barrier two to three feet deep around the planting area to contain the spread of the roots to areas beyond where the plants are desired. Not only is bamboo grown as an ornamental plant, but the shoots are edible. If you eat a variety of chinese food, chances are you have eaten bamboo. Like rice, it has little flavor of it's own and takes on the flavor of the food it is cooked with. While nutritional value is low, it is a good source of fiber. Low nutritional value is one reason Giant Pandas need to eat so much of it. Bamboo shoots command a fairly high market price so it can make a good cash crop. The bamboo fiber is useful in powdered mixes where anti-caking properties and extra fiber are needed. It binds three to five times its weight in water (in this application), helping to address moisture migration issues. The product can replace silicon dioxide in order to achieve an all-natural label. Spices and essences also “bind� to the fiber, which prolongs product shelf life. The product is easily dispersed in water and has a high absorption capacity through physical binding of liquids. Although the fiber increases viscosity in beverages, it requires another agent to remain suspended.