The Brown Rice that’s good for you and for the environment!
In Australia, growing rice has conventionally required ‘flood’ irrigation to mimic the rice paddies of the monsoonal tropics. According to the CSIRO each kilogram of rice grown in this way necessitates a whopping 1550 litres of water.
We all know that water is a precious resource, particularly in our sunburnt land, which is why sugar cane grower Gary Woolley decided to experiment with some strains of Japanese dry-land rice that require no irrigation. He found that the Tachiminori variety proved most successful in terms of farming and processing, largely because its high drought tolerance is suited to the growing conditions of northern NSW.
This year Brett Slater delivered his first substantial crop of certified biodynamic and organic 100% rainwater fed Tachiminori rice. Grown and milled on Brett’s property near Casino, it not only minimises water consumption but its carbon imprint too.
Wholefoods House are proud retailers of Brett Slater’s rice. A medium-grain non-sticky variety, it is a versatile, gluten free pantry staple and can be served as an accompaniment to stir-fries and curries or used in salads and soup.
- Thoroughly rinse 1 cup of biodynamic rain fed rice.
- Combine in a saucepan with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt.
- Cover and bring to the boil then simmer gently for approximately 35 minutes, or until tender and all the water is absorbed.
- Allow to sit with the lid on for 10 minutes before serving.