One money-making idea that we have not seen discussed or written about is planting Giant Bamboo not only for its mature culms but also its shoot for use as vegetable. We know that the shoot of the Giant Bamboo tastes well as vegetable. It can be used in various local dishes like cooking saluyot with bamboo shoot and grilled mudfish or some other species. It can be made into pickle like what many Ilocano home makers make with the use of the shoot of the ‘Kawayan Tinik’.
The advantage of the shoot of the Giant Bamboo is that it is really big and one can get a lot of material from just one shoot. In a Giant Bamboo plantation, some of the shoots can be allowed to grow into maturity but some of the new shoots could be harvested and sold as vegetable. One can do sophisticated packaging, like vacuum packing, so it becomes presentable for sale in supermarkets and other outlets.
The beauty about bamboo shoot production is that you don’t have to wait for long periods to produce the bamboo shoot. You can selectively harvest from every clump, allowing some to grow to maturity.