What am I?
Nearly half of the people in the world eat this food daily. 95% of what is grown is eaten by humans. Evidence shows that humans have been growing this plant for 9,000 years, starting in Asia.
I'm not a fruit or vegetable, I'm a grain. My plant grows like a grass and the flower produces the grain that you eat. There are 120,000 different varieties of this grain in the world!
Where I grow
I'm grown across the world, but mostly in Asia. I grow on the ground in water. When my seedlings (small plants started from seeds) are about one month old, they are moved to a field or paddy that is filled with water. Some paddies are on terraces, which look like steps in the side of a hill. This allows the water to flow down and fill the paddies.
I like sunshine and the water keeps my plant cool. It also keeps the weeds from growing so that I can flourish.
After I'm picked
After I'm harvested, the grain is separated from the grassy part of the plant. Next I need to be dried and milled. Milling is a process that removes the husk, which is the outer layer around the grain that protects it. After I'm dried and milled, the grain is glossy.
To eat this snack, I am cooked or ground into flour. I pair well with vegetables, like stir fry.
Did you guess... Rice
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