Monday, February 09, 2009

Canvas bag of Arabic rice


Canvas bag of Arabic rice
Originally uploaded by BoydJones

7 comments:

rjhintz said...

Is this rice grown in the Middle East as far as you know? What's popular? Short grain, long?

Boyd R. Jones said...

I'll find out where the rice is grown. Imported for sure. Long grain rice (I was thinking Asian, sticky short grain rice would have been easier to eat with one's hands though as I ate).

Anonymous said...

love the rice. in persian cooking, i believe they soak the rice for some time (overnight?) before cooking, so once cooked, it comes out soft and fluffy. i used to work at a restaurant in the u s of a, owned by an iraqi, and they cooked the rice with noodles, so it's like rice o noodles except tastes better. they sprinkle some red spices around it, and add an olive and some sliced pickles. these people really knew how to cook!

rjhintz said...

I see that the label includes a ® symbol, which I always thought was US centric. Globalization.

And, yes, interesting that it's the long grain. non sticky variety. Are other rice varieties easily available? Makes sense that such a water intensive crop would be imported.

Is rice a can't-have-a-meal-without-it sort of food in KSA or the ME generally?

Boyd R. Jones said...

I need to investigate further. However, I do know that rice is the most basic staple of the Saudi diet.

rjhintz said...

I don't want to make this a distraction when all you did was innocently post a photo of a bag of rice!

If you come across anything interesting, please post it of course. (And now I have to run through your previous posts to see what I've missed in the Quest for Knowledge.)

Boyd R. Jones said...

No worries pal! Love questing for knowledge too! I'll see what I can find out! ;-)