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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Making Japanese Rice –Sprouting—

Japanese live on rice. I eat rice at least once a day. I eat delicious rice everyday which is grown by my family. Rice culture is one of the oldest cultures in Japan. It goes back to the Yayoi Period.

My grandfather is a farmer. He has about 60 are fields. There are a lot of processes to make rice. I would like to talk about how to make rice through my experiences dividing into some progress.

I begin Japanese rice with “sprouting”. Putting out rice sprouts is not achieved by merely sow on the soil. Rice farmers use unhulled rice which is called “Momi-gome (もみごめin Hiragana, 籾米 in Kanji” or “Momi” in Japanese as seeds. They are soaked in salt water first to place on water not to float all Moni-gome. After measuring the specific gravity of salt water, some Moni-gome float on the surface of water and others sink into the bottom. Only submerged Moni-gome is used as seeds (light Momi-gome doesn’t sprout). Then they are washed with water and soaked in water again. As the last stage of sprouting Momi-gome, they are disinfected with special liquid which has sterilizing power, and soaked in it about 2 days. The temperature of the water must be 32 degrees, and it stimulate Momi-gome to sprout. My grandfather use bathtub to keep the temperature, which is nice for Momi-gome and bad for him because he cannot use bathroom for 2 days. This work is acted in the middle of April, waiting for warm weather in spring.

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42 comments:

Pierre-Yann said...

Very interesting. Why the rice is sterelized?

With your explanation, I understood you can plant rice only one time in a year. Is that correct? In France, wheat is generally planted twice a year, and I read somewhere that, in south Asia, rice is planted 2, 3 or even 4 times in a year.

And what is the average height of water in a rice field?

Fabi said...

Hi Kayano!
Very interesting!

In Germany, we haven't any rice fields, but I heard, that there are some in Switzerland, Spain and Italy. I'm not sure.

I hope you will get good rice this year and enjoy it :-)

The only rice I get in Germany, I can gather in the supermarket ^-^

Fabi

Piccola said...

Thanks for sharing such an interesting article.

/comfort your grandfather for not being able to use the bathtub.

kayanon said...

Pierre>
People in north area of Japan can plant rice only one time, and southern area can do it 2 times. However, some times planting in a year at the same place doesn't produce good rice.

The reason why rice needs to be sterelized is to kill germ, otherwise, rice doesn't grow. Rice is very delicate plant.

I will talk about the height of water in rice fileds on my blog as another post.

kayanon said...

fabi>
I have never bought rice in my life. Even when I was out of my hometown, my family sent me rice frequantly.

Is rice in Germany good? I mean taste.

kayanon said...

piccola>
Thank you for your comment, piccola.

I got it. I will comfort him by helping in his rice fileds. ^^

Kuntry Konfession said...

hmmmm....that's good post kanyanon. my grandparents are rice growers and it breaks my heart that i am so far away from them-i had no idea how they sprouted rice, but your discription enlightened me...thanks!

kayanon said...

kuntry>

oh, your grandparents are growers too! have you tried their rice?

Kuntry Konfession said...

yes and it is good! i also love their homegrown coffee...(my granparents grew them, dried them and roasted them for me) heheheh!-my mom is here for a visit and brought a whole bagful and it's the best darn coffee ever! there is nuthing like homemade stuff from ones you hold dear....the love they put in it is so magical!

kayanon said...

kuntry>

exactly. i also love raice my grandfather made. when i was in canada, i really missed japanese rice and noticed how important rice is for me!

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