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Rice… the multi-faced grain

A Nigerian with an aversion for rice should be questioned. Really though? How do you grow up around the aromatic delicacy that is Jollof rice or the sophisticated beauty called Fried rice or bless you, the local queen known as Ofada rice and her accompanying sauce.

Oryza Sativa (botanical name) ,
aka Rice, is a grain that grows and is cultivated annually. After harvesting, in the milling process, the husk and bran are removed to bring out the final product.

Some farmers remove only the first layer, the hull, and the result of this is what is known as brown rice while others remove both the husk and the bran to produce white rice.

This cereal is one of the largest contributors to the world food availability as it is eaten in almost every continent. 95% of rice produced is eaten by humans as a staple food.

It is cooked by boiling in high/mid temperature water and it is eaten as both a side and a main dish in several societies.


This amazing multipurpose grain is also apparently, multi-faced. According to records and research there are over 15,000 varieties of rice and the Wikipedia page for rice states that there are over 90,000 varieties.


The Nigerian in you is probably screaming that there are only White rice, Basmati rice, Lake rice and Ofada rice but sweetheart, no be we talk am o.

If you are an adventurous person then do check out the available variants of rice in world cuisines with an open mind. However, we maintain our stance that Jollof rice should rule the world.

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