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Rice: A Universal Food

September 26, 2012

September is National Rice Month in the United States, but rice rules year around on every continent, except Antarctica.

Most people on the planet eat rice. As one of the most popular grains on Earth, rice is a staple of diverse diets that affords its consumers unparalleled versatility regardless of where they are on the globe.

There are more than 120,000 varieties of rice in the world, according to the USA Rice Federation. This vast diversity makes rice ideal for numerous meal inventions. It shouldn’t be surprising then that Americans eat about 25 pound of rice per year, while the average person in Asian countries consume 300 to 400 pounds of rice each year.

Worldwide our devotion to rice is reflected in countless ways – it fits comfortably and colorfully into our bowls and onto our plates without fuss.

Rice comes in an assortment of hues, including black, red, brown and purple.

Sweet manifestations of rice are embraced in countless cultures. A favorite of Thai food aficionados, for example, is mango and sweet sticky rice. Presented as a dessert, it is made with glutinous rice sweetened with coconut milk and palm or brown sugar, with mangoes on the side or atop the rice. In Indian cuisine, there are basmati rice dishes with fruits and nuts, including golden raisins and cashews, served as entrees or festive sides.

Rice can also be incorporated into a number of savory dishes with ease. From various fried rice dishes made with meat, vegetables and spices to rice playing nice with earthy cheeses, it is a canvas that allows us to paint it with our culinary personalities.

The assorted canned vegetables from Glory Foods, including its red beans, collard greens and string beans, presents novice and seasoned cooks various ways in which they can perk up the personality of rice.

The originality of rice alone is enough to capture our attention, but rice isn’t just delicious food: It is nutritious food. Rice has more than 15 life-essential nutrients, especially B-vitamins, magnesium, fiber, potassium and iron. Rice is also non-allergenic, low in fat and gluten-free.

No wonder rice is the megastar in the social circle of sustenance – it is good food you can pair with any food without drama.

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