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

Step 1

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 ñ 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 ñ 7 months for it to reach maturity. The colour of the rice plant then turns from green to beige, signaling harvest time.

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Step 2

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

Mango Beef and Rice Lettuce Wraps

Mango Beef and Rice Lettuce Wraps

Leftover rice paired with an Asian-inspired filling and enveloped in a crispy lettuce leaf offers a fun and lighthearted approach to eating—no utensils required. A healthy and satiating dinner for two, these wraps are as fun to assemble as they are to eat. Continue Reading

Basil Tomato Rice Salad

Basil Tomato Rice Salad

Juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and crisp cucumbers burst with flavour in this refreshing summer salad. Rice adds unique texture and substance while absorbing the intense flavours of the cider vinegar and red onions. Continue Reading

Greek Garden Rice Salad

Greek Garden Rice Salad

Inspired by the foods of Greece, this light Mediterranean dish made with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and U.S. Rice is a perfect accompaniment to summertime barbeques or on its own as a cool light lunch. Continue Reading