THE GRAIN OF LIFE
(Oryza Sativa) is a member of the Oryzoid Group of the grass
family, Gramineae. It is one of the world’s most valuable cereal
grain. Its worldwide production is slightly above that of corn and a
little less than that of wheat.
Roughly one half of the world
population is wholly dependent on Rice as a staple food. It is grown
on all continents of the globe, from latitude 50N in China to 35S in
Rice is available cooked, uncooked, canned,
dry or frozen. Probably no other food is offered in so many
combinations. Its versatility in breakfast cereals, soups, salads,
dinners, desserts and baby foods is unsurpassed.
Fans of rice cite
its ease of preparation, its flexibility, and its ability to absorb
flavors while retaining its texture. Rice dishes can be spicy or
tangy, savory or sweet. Rice soaks up gravies and rice sauces and
cools and refreshes the palate when served with spicy food.
used in a great variety of side dishes, main dishes and puddings
featured in Oriental, Middle Eastern and many other cuisines. No
feast is considered complete in the Sub-continent if rice is not
included in the menu.