Rice loved by everyone

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Bear’s favorite porridge is rice porridge. There are so many ways to cook it: you can prepare it with milk, with honey, with berries and even with vegetables. Rice is one of the first plants cultivated by human. It happened 5 thousand years ago and nowadays rice is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population especially in Asia.  

Rice fields are very beautiful! Tourists from different parts of the world come to see those fields in Vietnam, Bali, China and Japan. Rice can be grown practically anywhere, even on a steep hill or mountain area with the use of water-controlling terrace systems. Although its parent species are native to Asia and certain parts of Africa, centuries of trade and exportation have made it commonplace in many cultures worldwide.    

The traditional method for cultivating rice is flooding the fields while, or after, setting the young seedlings. People who work in the fields wear special footwear “Geta” that resemble both clogs and flip-flops. They are a kind of sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground.

There are 40,000 varieties of rice and they vary in shape, color, and size! Rice is often characterized as one of three varieties - long grain, medium grain, or short grain rice. These varieties refer to the length and shape of the grain. Simply speaking, long grain rice will have a longer cylindrical shape, whereas short grain rice will be shorter and wider. When cooking rice dishes, you'll want to think about the desired texture of the rice. The starch content varies from rice type to rice type. It will affect whether rice is sticky or light and fluffy. Rice is naturally brown after harvesting, but once the nutrient-rich outer layer of bran is removed, it is white in color. Red rice, black rice, and purple rice all feature unique pigmentation in the bran. For these colorful rice varieties, the bran layer usually remains for added visual appeal and added nutritional value. Aroma is another factor to consider when cooking with rice. Basmati rice is a type of long-grain rice that is popular among Indian cuisine and other ethnic dishes. Jasmine rice, sometimes known as Thai fragrant rice, is a type of long grain rice with a long kernel and slightly sticky texture when cooked.

And there are so many dishes with rice: Spanish paella, Japanese sushi, Italian risotto, Uzbek plov and grandmother’s favorite casserole!

So tasty! So good ! Yammy! 

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