Bamboo grass blooms once in 36 years; arouses memories of bamboo rice porridge
Kuruppampadi (Ernakulam): Arousing the nostalgia of the old generation, bamboo grove bloomed on the plot near Odakkali-Asamannoor road.
The sight of bamboo flower attracts passers-by. Elderly people are of the opinion that bamboo blooming was like a festival in villages during yesteryears.
Being the tallest grass, bamboo blooms once in 36 years only. After the season, the bamboo groves die out. As the streets and residential plots were modernised, bamboo groves started disappearing gradually.
The locals used to clean up the bottom of the bamboo grove and smear the ground with cow dung and then spread braided palm leaves to collect the bamboo flowers falling down. After this, the flowers are milled and the husk is removed to take bamboo rice. The grains of bamboo rice are smaller than wheat grains.
Bamboo rice is mainly used to prepare porridge adding some scraped coconut. The powdered bamboo rice is used to make ‘Bamboo Puttu’. However, ever since the food habits of people changed drastically, the bamboo rice started being ignored completely. People rarely collect the rice and use it to make food these days.