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The story of rice

Domesticated rice is the most widely consumed staple food for over half of the world's human population, especially in Asia and Africa.  It is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production, after sugarcane and maize.  Since sizeable portions of sugarcane and maize crops are used for purposes other than human consumption, rice is the most important food crop with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.  There are many varieties of rice and culinary preferences tend to vary regionally.

When I grew up we had access to only a few types of rice, or rather, brands of rice.  Tastic was and is till today one of the most trusted brands of rice out there.  My memories of other rice started with my food journey, especially since I came to Cape Town, now already 32 years ago.

Introduction into the Cape cuisine, mostly curries and spice-flavoured food, meant that rice was no longer just rice.  Basmati rice was for many years the only rice we had in our house.  Maybe that is the reason that, when we started stocking rice at The Deli, we started with Basmati rice.  We offer the normal White Basmati Rice, as well as an Organic Brown Basmati Rice (currently sold out, but should be back in stock in a week or two).

That was not enough for us.  My other fond memory of rice is mixed with memories of Knysna.  There was a little shop (maybe a Deli??) close to where the Waterfront is nowadays.  They had these bags of rice, different types of wild rice, black rice, all the types.  So, for the last couple of months we've been trying to get more types of rice on the shelves.  Anneke had an amazing poke-bowl at Route44 about 2 months ago, with lovely black rice in.  We've decided that black rice would be the next one.

Black Lotus Rice, also known as Emperor's rice has impressive health benefits from protein, iron and fiber. Black Lotus Rice is extremely healthy, delicious, with an earthy, nutty flavour.  Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties. In ancient China, it's said that black rice was considered so unique and nutritious that it was forbidden for all but royalty.

So, head over to our online shop and add Black Lotus Rice, selling for only R65 / kg

If you can have a say in it, would you prefer Red Rice or Wild Rice next?  Drop us an email, or reply to this one, and be part of our next product choice.

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