Rice is a herbaceous plant belonging to the grass family, which includes about 2000 species. This is an annual plant with the stem right and steep, which is stretched to 1 meter high. The leaves are strap, numerous and a bit rough, especially at the edges. The inflorecencia terminal consists of a panicle of espiguitas formed from a single flower. The fruit is a white or slightly brown caryopsis.
Originally from Asia and Africa, was introduced to Europe around the sixth century AD, although its cultivation was not released until the fifteenth century.
It breeds in rice paddies, fields that remain very flat flooded while the rice is developed and until the plant is large.
Flowers summer. In the Iberian Peninsula rice grain reaches full maturity from late August until early October, a period in which it proceeds to cut it. Subsequently, the grain undergoes a process of peeling, depriving it of its outer parts, rich in protein, vitamin B and minerals. The rice that we know it is much poorer in food materials consumed in the Far East.
In the composition of husked rice, what stands out is the high percentage of starch, which can offer up to 75%. It also contains materials albuminoids, some water and small amounts of sugar and fat.
It is a food widely consumed in our country. It is often used to combat diarrhea and any etiology. As the first symptoms of decay in both a child as an adult, the first thing we recommend is to suspend the medical management of any food which is a bit of rice cooked with water, salt and a teaspoon of oil. Also, for very young children is very common to make rice gruel, but should not be abused as much of them eventually end up producing constipation. Formerly, these rice gruel thickened a little and very hot applied as a poultice on boils and abscesses. Today, this usage has practically fallen into disuse.
Finally, we also comment that rice is not very nutritious food if used alone, but that leads to the preparation of delicious dishes, extremely introduced in our culture, such as Valencian paella or rice pot. But in reality should be eaten whole, as reflected, as in the chaff that covers it is where the best nutrients.
Flour. The flour is added in making porridge or carrot juice. In the pharmaceutical market there are many to prepare rice porridge instantly with water or milk.
Decoction. If what you want is an astringent, cook the rice for a while, then drinking the cooking water.
The use of food. It is the main way in our country consume rice, cooked with salt and oil or in the form of delicious dishes, some of them of great tradition.
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