Eat More Rice To Strengthen Your Reproductive System

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Rice ~ Berenj

Plant family:

Oryza sativa - cereal grain

Qualities:

The varieties of rice are typically classified as long-grain and medium and short-grained.The grains of long-grain rice are high in amylose and remain intact after cooking. Medium-grain rice is high in amylopectin and becomes more sticky.

Origins:

Temperate areas of Asia & Africa

rice plant

For centuries rice has symbolized fertility, wealth and good health. To this day, rice kernels are thrown at newlyweds. This practise stems from a pagan belief that the fertility of the seeds would be transferred to the couple.

Exactly, why is rice a symbol of fertility? According to Ayurveda, rice is considered a super food for a few reasons.

What's Ayurveda you may ask?

Ayurveda means Knowledge (or Science) of life. It is a philosophy concerned with the quality of life. It is the oldest known form of health care in the world. Tracing its roots to the Vedic period in ancient India, circa 1500 B.C.

Getting back to rice and the libido. According to Ayurveda, rice should be considered a super food because it has all eight essential amino acids and folic acid. Considered to be saatvic or pure, rice is easy to digest and helps balance the (vata) metabolism. Finally, rice nourishes the shukra dhatu (the reproductive system), possibly helping to boost the sexual drive. This could be why in some Asian wedding ceremonies, newly weds are required to share a bowl of rice.

happy couple

In Japanese, the words for rice and meal are the same. The average Japanese eats 200 lbs. of rice a year.

Is this why, Japan has one of the highest longevity rates in the world?

Brown vs White Rice | Long Grain Rice | Origins of Basmati | Aromatic Rice | American Basmati | Automatic Rice Cookers |

White rice vs brown rice

Regular-milled white rice, often referred to as “white” or “polished” rice is the most common form of rice. The outer husk is removed, and the layers of bran are milled until the grain is white.

rice type

However, milling and polishing diminishes the nutritional value of the rice. Nutrients like manganese, selenium, magnesium and tryptophan. Manganese synthesizes fatty acids, which is of significance to ensuring a healthy nervous system. It also produces cholesterol which is primarily utilized for making sex hormones.

Additionally, the selenium content in brown rice is a key colon cancer fighting component. Selenium, in addition, is an antioxidant important for building immunity and ensuring thyroid hormone metabolism.

Brown rice may not be as attractive as white rice, but don’t overlook its tremendous nutritional value. Basmati rice can be either brown or white with the brown variety having more flavor. When cooked, the basmati rice is lighter and more fluffy than standard white rice, and does not stick together.

Brown basmati provides even more nurtion, with essential minerals such as manganese, selenium and magnesium. All essential to a strong and healthy reproductive system.

Why choose long grain rice

Basmati is a long grain rice. There advantages to using long grain rice, especially as opposed to short grain rice types. For one, due to lower gluten in long grain styles of rice, flour made from this rice may be an excellent substitute for people on low gluten or gluten free diets.

The grains of basmati rice are longer than most other types of rice. Cooked grains of Basmati rice are characteristically free flowing rather than sticky, as with most long-grain rice.

Cooked basmati rice can be uniquely identified by its fragrance. Fans of basmati rice claim the rice is more flavorful than shorter grain versions. Basmati has a nutlike flavor.

Origins of Basmati rice

Cultivated for centuries for its spectacular aroma, hence, the designation 'Basmati' which means 'The Perfumed One' in the Hindi language. To be more exact, 'Bass' means fragrant and 'Mati' means soil.

Basmati Rice can only be grown in one place on earth. The pristine, fertile foothills of the Himalayan Range, tended by the finest Indian rice farmers.

rice field

Optimal soil and climatic conditions, plus the highly nutritional water from the melting snow gives Basmati Rice its flavor, aroma and fluffy texture. Considered to be the 'Champagne of Rice' for its characterics, light, delicate and separate grains, scented with a wonderful aroma.

Basmati is an aromatic rice

Basmati rice is a long grain fragrant rice, aged to enhance aroma and reduce moisture content.

The natural compound that gives aromatic rice the characteristic aroma and flavor is present in all rice, but in the aromatic varieties it is present in much higher concentrations. The most popular domestically grown aromatic rices include della, jasmin and basmati rice.

Della cooks dry, separate and fluffy. Jasmine cooks moist and kernals stick together. Basmati cooks into very long, slender grains. Cooked just right, rice kernals turn out dry, separate and fluffy. When cooked, it swells only lengthwise. Good source of eight essential amino acids and folic acid:

  • Non-allergenic
  • Gluten free
  • Low in fat
  • Low in salt
  • No cholesterol
  • Low to medium glycemic index

One serving of rice has about 200 calories, Mostly from carbohydrates, a small amount of protein and a tiny amount of fat. Rice may be more filling because it's a "wet" grain. So called "wet" because grains require the addition of more water during cooking. Great source of folate, good source of thiamine, niacin, B vitamins and iron.

Patent battle and American Basmati

Texmati hybrid basmati rice - made in the USA. Historically, the best, most flavorful Basmati rice has come from the Himalayan foothills. Basmati rice is now widely grown in many other parts of the world. Aged Basmati rice is more flavorful, and needs a little more time and a little more water to cook to perfection than 'new' Basmati rice.

RiceTec has been developing a wide range of hybrid rice types since 1988. The company is the world’s largest private hybrid rice researcher, the only hybrid rice seed producer in the U.S., and ranks among North America’s leading specialty rice producers.

... In September 1997, RiceTec won a patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,663,484) on "basmati rice lines and grains." The patent secures lines of basmati and basmati-like rice and ways of analyzing that rice. RiceTec, owned by Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein, faced international outrage over allegations of biopiracy.

It had also caused a brief diplomatic crisis between India and United States with India threatening to take the matter to WTO as a violation of TRIPS which could have resulted in a major embarrassment for the United States. Both voluntarily and due to review decisions by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, RiceTec lost or withdrew most of the claims of the patent, including, most importantly, the right to call their rice lines "basmati." A more limited varietal patent was granted to RiceTec in 2001 on claims dealing with three strains of the rice developed by the company. More Basmati Patent Battle from Wikipedia.

Automatic Rice cookers

Rice cooked to perfection - just add water. Cooking basmati rice Persian style can be a bit time consuming. You can get almost the same texture using automatic rice cooker.

Computerized deluxe rice cooker appliances come equipped with an extra-large colored LCD display with clock and timer function, a spherical inner nonstick cooking pan and heating system, a convenient detachable inner lid for easy cleaning, and a built-in retractable cord to help keep countertops tidy.

Accessories include a measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder. With its durable clear-coated stainless-steel exterior.

Cooking rice for big family gatherings, take the guesswork out of making perfect rice with this easy-to-use rice cooker. The handy appliance offers an 7-cup uncooked-rice capacity and can produce up to 16 cups of cooked rice at a time--great when gathering with friends or cooking for the whole family.

With most units, simply add dry rice, measure in the water and turn the unit on. Once the rice has fully cooked, the appliance automatically switches over to keep-warm mode which maintains an ideal serving temperature without over-cooking.

How to cook Persian style basmati rice

saffron rice

Traditional Persian rice dish unique to Iranian cuisine called Chelo.

Fluffy melt in your mouth gourmet rice topped with saffron butter sauce. Using long grain Basmati rice, the kernels are first boiled lightly then steamed in a pot with an absorptant cloth wrapped around the lid.

This method results in an exceptionally fluffy rice with the rice grains separated and not sticky.

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