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Brown Glutenous Rice

We grew a small plot of Brown Glutenous Rice for the first time this year.

 

I took a couple of images so I could see what it looked like. I was quite surprised to see the elaborate pattern on the husk in the first picture.

 

The second picture shows the kernals after they have been de-husked and are ready for cooking...we have a small machine for performing this function.

 

Glutenous Rice is also called Sticky Rice, as the kernals stick together when the rice is cooked. It is especially favoured for meals that are eaten without utensils, and also for making various sweet foods.

 

Sticky Rice

Brown Glutenous Rice

We grew a small plot of Brown Glutenous Rice for the first time this year.

 

I took a couple of images so I could see what it looked like. I was quite surprised to see the elaborate pattern on the husk in the first picture.

 

The second picture shows the kernals after they have been de-husked and are ready for cooking...we have a small machine for performing this function.

 

Glutenous Rice is also called Sticky Rice, as the kernals stick together when the rice is cooked. It is especially favoured for meals that are eaten without utensils, and also for making various sweet foods.

 

Sticky Rice

comments (19)

i didn't know that rice grew with husks like corn... i learned something today Ray....petersmile
Ray: I apologise if I have misled you, Peter.

Rice and corn are not really similar. The husks in the main picture each contain one kernal, rather than hundreds as with corn. The second picture shows the three kernals I got from using my fingers and dehusking the rice you see in the top picture.
Amazing the amount of detail...
Ray: It is a quite complex pod, Larry, but I didn't realise this until I made the shot.
The shell / husk is really beautiful at this magnification!
Ray: Yes...that is what I thought when I first saw this image on the computer monitor, Elizabeth.
i do not think i have seen such hairy structures on the husk, Ray.
Ray: To my naked eye, Ayush, they don't seem to have hairs, but under the macro lens all is revealed.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Dec 2017, 04:56
This is amazing, thank you for the education. The rice you grow is that for own use or is there enough to sell??
Ray: We keep about half of our crop, to eat and also as seed for the next year, Astrid...the remainder is sold and covers the expenses of growing the crop...fuel, tool maintenance, fertiliser. There isn't much opportunity for making profit from small rice farms, but most of our food is effectively free as rice is the basis of all meals.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Dec 2017, 05:50
Je ne savais pas que le riz avait une coque, c'est intéressant de le voir.
Ray: Je savais qu'il y avait une enveloppe, Martine, car nous avions une machine pour l'enlever, mais je ne savais pas que la cosse était si attirante.
Of course you'd "get to the bottom" of this staple with your camera, Ray! HA! I love it.
Ray: We are surrounded by things we don't know enough about, Ginnie! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:00
All fascinating stuff. The husk looks like a hessian fabric. Rice is well down on my "go to " list of foods; it ranks lower than cake.
Ray: Thai make some rather nice cakes from rice flour, Alan.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:17
First I thought of dates, but it is rice - very interesting!
Ray: It has a similar torpedo shape to dates, Philine, but is much smaller. Also, dates do not have a husk.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:30
Presumably it has a higher starch content than most rice, Ray?
Ray: Normal rice has no gluten, Lisl, so is often used in place of wheat for gluten-free comestibles...however, sticky rice does contain gluten.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:42
All very interesting and completely new to me Ray. The design of the rice case is a delight to look at
Ray: A miniature gem, Chris...we have millions of them in our rice bunker...
Incroyable et surprenant ..merci pour tes photos ou effectivement apparait des details non visibles à  l'oeil nu ., merci aussi pour toutes tes explications
Bonne journéeà  toi
Ray: Mon objectif macro m'aide à mieux comprendre notre Monde tous les jours, Claudine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Dec 2017, 08:29
Wrong again. From the thumbnail I thought these were muscles Ray.
Ray: In fact, Chad, they are little rice plants, awaiting the conditions that would enable them to grow.
Impressed you continue to enjoy 'The good life ' by being so self sufficient, this does look interesting type of rice, in our house if the white rice sticks together it is a deemed failure.
Ray: Life is good, Martin...I have many things to do as hobbies/passions that keep me challenged and busy.

Non-glutenous rice should not stick together if properly cooked, but this glutenous rice should stick together.
Is this like arborio rice that i love in a nice risotto?
Ray: Nope.

Arborio is a high starch, short grain rice.

This is long grain, medium starch, coloured rice which contains gluten and this encourages the grains to stick together when cooked, Bill...they are quite different, and have very different application in the kitchen.
The husk is very well designed. Your rice looks similar to what I eat but it is not. I eat a red cargo rice.
Ray: Red cargo rice is non-glutenous, but does look similar, Mary.
They look fascinating in close-up detail.
Ray: I think so too, Brian.
Fascinating - I believe that sticky rice is much used in Chinese cooking.
Ray: Sticky rice is used in many parts of Asia where food is eaten with the fingers rather than implements, Tom...including in parts of China.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Dec 2017, 21:30
Two very interesting pictures. The top one; never in a thousand years I would have guessed it is rice. The kernels look almost black. Ever since you start educating us about rice, I have started to notice some weird rice types in some of our supermarkets.
Ray: I am certainly finding out things about rice by living in a community of subsistence rice farmers, Louis. When I lived in Australia, rice was little more to me than an alternative to potatoes on the plate.

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