Sunday, March 9, 2008

Smells like roses... Taste like rice.

Wild Rice Medley salad.

1/2 Cup Chopped Onions Saute in Butter
1/2 Cup Wild rice or Pecan rice Cooked
1/4 Cup White beans
1/4 Cup Butter Beans
1/4 Cup Fava Beans
1/4 cup Peeled and Quartered White Grapes
1/2 Lemon
1/8 cup Xtra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 Cup of Rose Water
1/8 Cup of Chopped parsley.
Pinch of Salt
Mix, Stir and Serve 10 People.

The word rice has an Indo-Iranian origin : (vrihi) itself is borrowed from a Dravidian variation term for rice. The Tamil name ar-risi may have produced the Arabic ar-ruzz, from which the Portuguese and Spanish word arroz originated. The word Rice came to English from Greek óryza, via Latin oriza, Italian riso and finally Old French ris (the same as present day French riz).
Geneticists traced the domestification, origin and evolution of rice to several areas simiultaneously. But most researchers agree on its origin to the tropical areas of the Asian and East African land masses. A genetic mutation that long ago led to the creation of a type of rice known as glutinous was favored in the easternmost regions of Asia and is known as Sticky Rice. Native species on the American Continent may have separate but parallel evolutions (Wild Rice). Wild Rice is an aquatic cereal grain that grows "wild" in isolated lake and river bed areas located primarily within the continent of North America. It is also native to ecologically similar regions located on the continent of Asia. This evolutionarily ancient grain has been found in layers of the earth dating back some 12,000 years. In addition to its role as an important food staple for ancestral peoples, it has provided a unique habitat for fish and waterfowl for thousands of years..
Rice is the largest staple crop for human consumption, supplying 20 percent of caloric content for the world.

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