Rice 101
Rice Types
Rice History
Rice Products
Healthy Diet
Gluten Free
Brown Rice
Dairy Alternative
How It's Made

What is Rice?

Defined by Webster’s Dictionary, rice (Oryza sativa) is an annual cereal grass widely cultivated for its seed and used for human food. It is one of the world’s most important food crops.

One seed of rice yields more than 3,000 grains. It is the highest yielding cereal grain and can grow in many kinds of environments and soils.

Rice Production

Cultivation

Rice is significantly different from other cereals because its cultivation requires the controlled flooding and drainage of large tracts of land. If rice fields are not flooded or drained at the proper time, entire rice crops can be lost.

Rice cultivation begins by flooding a rice field to a depth of 2–3 inches. Rice is then either broadly cast over the flooded field of immature rice plants are individually transplanted into the muddy water.

Once the rice seed has germinated, it will take 3–7 months for it to reach maturity. The colour of the rice plant then turns from green to beige, signaling harvest time.

Milling

The outermost layer, or hull, encasing the paddy rice is inedible. Removing the hull (also called ëhuskí) is the first step in milling.

All rice destined for consumption is subject to this initial milling step in which ëshellerí machines strip away the hull. What remains is brown rice, with the bran layers still surrounding the kernel.

Grains of brown rice can then be milled by machines that rub the grains together under pressure. This abrasion process removes the bran layer, revealing white or ëpolishedí rice.

Parboiling is a steam pressure process in which rough rice is soaked, steamed and dried before milling. This procedure gelatinizes the starch in the grain, ensuring a firmer and more separate grain. Parboiled rice is often favoured by those who desire an extra fluffy rice.

Pre-cooked rice is white or brown rice that has been completely cooked and dehydrated after milling. This reduces the amount of time required for cooking.

Recipes

Lentil-Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Lentil-Pumpkin Rice Pudding

This subtly sweet pudding uses the natural sweetness of ripe bananas and pumpkin purée to balance the rice and lentils, providing a nutritionally balanced and delicious meal for baby. Lentils are a source of iron, which is important for making red blood cells, while pumpkin and banana provide important vitamins and minerals including potassium and vitamin A, which are factors in normal growth and development. Continue Reading

Chicken Guacamole Rice Salad

The arrival of this new dish inspired by the Mexican dip is the ideal accompaniment to margaritas on the patio. If made ahead, rice holds the flavors of this salad, absorbing the punchy chili, lemon and avocado taste of guacamole as it marinates. If desired, add one cup chopped tomatoes or garnish with cilantro. Continue Reading

Spanish Chorizo and Rice Frittata

Spanish Chorizo and Rice Frittata

Made with leftover rice, this 20 minute meal is the perfect solution to a busy weekday calendar. Whether you need to feed your kids before swimming lessons, or require a quick and easy meal for two, this recipe suits every lifestyle. Serve with a mixed green salad for a complete meal experience. Continue Reading