Louisiana Harvest of the Month - Rice

Fun Facts About Rice!

  • Rice is the seed of a grass called Oryza sativa and originated in Asia around 10,000 years ago.
  • More than half of the world’s population depends on rice as their main source of calories.
  • Rice was introduced to Louisiana in the early 1700s by French explorers and grows well in Louisiana’s often wet and even flooded soil.
  • Rice is a staple in Louisiana cooking and is the mainstay for favorite dishes such as jambalaya, gumbo and boudin.

Rice Is Nutritious and Good for You!

  • Rice can be part of a balanced diet; 1 cup provides 200 calories.
  • Brown rice is a good source of B vitamins, protein and fiber.
  • Brown rice is a whole grain, providing the same nutrients that are found in the original seed of the plant.
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