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Friday, July 20, 2012

volcano rice

So, your looking at a small amount of Volcano Rice. It is a mineral and antioxidant packed blend of traditional aromatic West Java rices grown on volcanic soils. The soils are rich in magnesium, manganese and zinc-essential minerals that are so often lacking in SAD diets. A colorful blend of nutrient-dense Sintanur brown rice, whole grain red rice and lightly milled red rice.(some believe red rice restores vitality due to it's high mineral and fiber content. Hint of vanilla-like aroma. Volcano Rice can tranform any rice dish into a more flavorful and nutritious meal.

When research Volcano Rice, after purchasing at the local co-op I found out that Volcano Rice is grown by a cooperative of Tasikmalaya family farmers using the system of rice intensification. System of Rice Intensification they are able to increase their production and conserve their local rice biodiversity using less water, seed, land and no agrochemicals. This cooperative is one of the first rice to be imported to the US that qualifies for labeling as "fair for Life" I have learned that the standards for this certification, set by the Institute for Marketecology are perhaps the most strict in the industry encompassing many social and environmental criteria as well the price premiums most people associate with fair trade. You can read more about it on the Fair for Life website.

This rice is a nice rice to use because you can cook it in 30 minutes and it is gluten and wheat free. I have made it with 1 cup of volcano rice and 2 cups of water or vegetable broth. Sometimes I use a little salt, sometimes naked. I rinse rice first till clear.

I have also made my own version of a Rice Pilaf with this rice. Peas,parsley, onion.

ON the lotus foods website they have recipes tooLotusfoods
Enjoy.....

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