All About Rice

Culturally exposed, yummy, beautiful, this is rice. Hi, I am Leilana Althoff and I am here to teach you all about rice. I lived in Bali, Indonesia for a month and got to see the rice fields every day.  I am here to teach you about rice because when most people eat rice they don’t even know where it came from or how it got on their plate. Rice has been around for thousands of years and it is used all around the world. This writing piece will help with your understanding of rice!

What does rice look like and where does it come from?

A lot of people may wonder, if rice is a plant what does rice look like at first? After rice is fully grown and ready to be pulled out of the ground it looks like little ovaly seeds at the end of a long stem. It is like hay that farmers put in their mouth to chew. You may not know where the rice you are eating comes from. The different types of rice we eat come from all parts of the world. Some of the main producers are Asia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The climate rice grows is mostly hot humid places but not cold places like Antarctica.

Have you ever had brown rice? Brown rice is the original color, so how does rice turn white? After the rice is planted, grown, cut opened, and cleaned it is dyed white in a factory. This is because white rice is germ removed and alters flavors and texture.

Rice Farmers

If you wanted to become a rice farmer you might think to yourself, how much do rice farmers get paid? Rice farmers usually get paid about $50 for each year. Not a lot, right? If your only job choice was to be a rice farmer you would not get paid very much at all! If you were planting rice you wouldn’t want it to take forever so you might be curious on how long it takes for the rice to finally make it to the market? It takes about 4 to 5 months to be fully grown then about 1 to 2 weeks to be finally in the market ready to sell.

Rice Fields

If you have ever seen a rice field you would notice the rice farmers flood the rice paddy fields. They flood the fields so that they can keep the rice nice and healthy. When the rice farmers flood the fields it gets really muddy. Does the mud help the rice grow? Yes it does because it keeps the rice moist and it is harder for animals to get to it.

Rice is an important element to people everywhere. Rice has helped people for over thousands of years and is still doing the same. Next time you eat rice you will know all about it! My name is Leilana Althoff and thank you for reading my essay.

You can look below to see pictures we took of rice fields in Bali, we even lived right next to one that my sister and I played next to.