FAQ - Rice
What is rice?
Rice is the common name for the genus Oryza. A kind of
grass, rice grows best when submerged in water. It is the
staple food for over half the world's population.
What is a paddy?
A paddy is a field that is flooded with water. Rough rice
is also called paddy rice.
What is hybrid rice?
Hybrid rice is a new sort of rice developed by China noted
for its vigor and yield potential. Half of China's rice
land is planted to such rice and two-thirds of all the
rice harvested in China are hybrids. First generation
hybrids produce seeds in very high quantities. But this
seed, while good for eating, is not good for planting; it
would produce a poor crop.
Is it true that rice is grown on all continents?
No, but rice is cultivated on six of the seven continents:
Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, as well as North and
South America. The only missing continent is Antarctic
where it is far too cold to grow anything. Rice is also
cultivated in islands around the world, from Cuba to
rice so popular as a food?
It is easy to cook, easy to store, and most importantly,
it is inexpensive and filling. It is very digestible,
making it ideal for babies and sick people who find it
hard to eat very much.
nutrients can you get by eating rice?
Rice is high in complex
carbohydrates, contains almost no fat, is cholesterol
free, and is low in sodium. It is a good source of
vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, niacin, iron,
riboflavin, vitamin D, calcium, and fiber. It is a fair
source of protein containing all eight amino acids.
the different ways rice can be served?
The way rice is served depends on the cook and the
individual preferences of the rice eaters. Geography,
agriculture, tradition, folklore, history, and even
philosophy, all influence the way a person chooses to cook
and eat rice. Rice is so versatile and easy to cook: you
can steam it, boil it, bake it, and microwave it. You will
find rice as an appetizer, a soup, a main meal, as a side
dish, accompaniment, or as a dessert.
Basmati rice is a type of aromatic rice, grown mostly in
India and Pakistan. It is renowned for its long, slender
shape that elongates rather than expands in width when it
is cooked. The word basmati means "queen of
fragrance," and the rice is distinguished by its aroma.
It is a rice with the hull removed and the bran layers
left clinging to the grains. The color is tan, and the
flavor is nutty with a slight chewy texture. It is
slightly more nutritious than enriched white rice, with
twice as much fiber, five times the vitamin E, and three
times the magnesium.
you refer to as parboiled or converted rice?
It is rice that has been
steam-pressure treated before milling, forcing all the
nutrients from the bran layer into the endosperm. The rice
is firm in texture and separate when cooked.