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

Sky High Chicken and Vegetable Pie

Sky High Chicken and Vegetable Pie

Canada's Guide to Healthy Eating translates the science of eating well into a practical pattern of food choices that meets nutrient needs, promotes health and minimizes the risk of chronic diseases. This savoury pie recipe makes getting the recommended meats, dairy products, vegetables and grains easy by cleverly including all food groups in a rice crust. Continue Reading

Creamy Carrot Curry Comfort

Creamy Carrot Curry Comfort

This soup can be served as a starter at an elegant dinner party or enjoyed alone for a warming lunch. The sweetness of the carrots pairs well with the toasty spiciness of the curry powder. The addition of U.S. rice gives this lovely orange soup a hearty texture. Continue Reading

Rice Stuffed Crown of Lamb

Rice Stuffed Crown of Lamb

Create a royal feast for your family this holiday with a crown roast of lamb. Stuffed with an asparagus and shiitake mushroom rice pilaf and topped with an easy-to-make beurre blanc sauce, this roast contains two dishes in one. Serve with a green salad to complete your majestic table setting. Continue Reading