Bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants, that include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo has an economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a tensile strength that rivals one of the more stable construction materials available for furniture, toys and kitchen accessories.