Bamboo rice is special rice that is grown out of a dying bamboo shoot. When the bamboo shoot breathes its last, it flowers into a rare variety of rice seeds, which are known as bamboo rice.
Bamboo rice is collected by the tribes residing in the forest from the seeds of flowers, bamboo, is known for its highly nutritive qualities,rich medicinal values. A very good substitutes for the polished white paddy rice. Bamboo rice (Mulayari) has become an important and major source of income for tribals living in the forests. Nature keeps all its treasures hidden deep inside her. From the heart of nature a rare and lesser know seed is being introduced “bamboo rice” these seed are gathered from the jungles of tropical rain forest, bamboos trees which are known to be the tallest of herb grasses which grow in tropical rain forests.
Some species of bamboos only bloom with flowers once in 40-60 years and often die after flowering. They compensate this by releasing huge amounts of flowers and seeds, one of many mechanisms that nature employs to ensure the survival of certain species.
Bamboo rice is not commonly available due to the reason that it takes many years for an aged plant to flower which is unpredictable as these may vary from few years to 100 years for a bamboo plant to flower.
It is said that the bamboo rice harvesting is a major source of income for the tribal communities living in the interiors of Wayanad Sanctuary in Kerala.