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Edible hardy bamboo?

 
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Anyone know of a hardy bamboo that makes good eating? Preferrably a clumping bamboo- as oppose to a running one.

Alternatively, just how invasive are running bamboos? I'm looking at Phyllostachys Aureosulcata, as it claims to be only 'moderately invasive', and edible.

I'm in the UK, urban garden.. I want the bamboo as a screen between me and next door- if I can also grow garden canes and eat some- then its a winner. But I don't want o spend the next 3 years digging it out if it becomes too invasive... like I've had to with the Japanese Knotweed we inherited....
 
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Google "permies bamboo." Lots of good info.

You need to maroon running bamboo on an island or something.
 
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Well, good news is that there are over 200 species of edible bamboo and you are bound to find one that is yummy. I would be careful about eating the raw bamboo because bamboo's bitterness comes from taxiphyllin which becomes hydrogen cyanide. Therefore, I advise boiling the shoots in water before eating to get rid of the taxiphyyllin. Here is a link explaining more about eating and using bamboo:
http://www.eattheweeds.com/bamboo-doesn’t-bamboozle-you/

This is a nice little online PDF with more specific cooking information (boil in water for 20 minutes) and a few recipes to inspire your creativity:
http://agsyst.wsu.edu/bambroc.pdf

Lastly, there is an article that explains how to grow bamboo and control it:
http://www.bamboogarden.com/FAQ%20general.htm

I hope some of this is useful to you.
 
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