As a naturally light wood with a fine grain, many chefs love the natural look of bamboo and the modern elegance that it conveys. Many designer kitchens now sport large bamboo cutting boards as the grain can be uniform and homogenous, leading to a chic and tasteful look for a stylish kitchen.
Plus, without having to worry about wood scarring, your bamboo board should continue to look smooth and sleek for a long time. In addition, due to the resistance to absorbing water, bamboo is less likely to crack and split like regular wood boards. Bamboo also resists staining, which is often an issue with meats and acidic plants such as tomatoes.
Properly sourced, bamboo is a highly renewable resource. Most people don’t know that bamboo is technically a grass instead of tree, which is appropriate due to the fact that it’s one of the fastest growing plants on earth. In fact, a normal bamboo shoot can become fully mature within three to six years before it is cut for harvest. On the other hand, maple trees can take over 30 years to fully mature and can live to over 150 years.
Due to the tolerance of bamboo to it’s environment, bamboo is easily grown and often raised organically due to the ease of farming. Its quick growth enables bamboo to be economically harvested, which is why even builders and homeowners have switched to using bamboo due to its great durability and affordability.
Be warned that some bamboo products are processed using formaldehyde and glues, which can leech into your food and gas out over time. You should always check before buying a bamboo board that the manufacturer uses non-toxic treatment methods or has organic practices.