From antiquity to present day
Rice has been nourishing mankind for more than 5000 years, traveling from China to ancient Greece and from Persia to the Nile Delta. The ancient Chinese and Indians considered it a gift from the gods, which saved them following major natural disasters.
“Precious things are not pearls and jade, but the five grains, of which rice is the finest”, according to an ancient Chinese proverb.
Following the footsteps of soldiers returning from Alexander the Great’s military campaign in India, rice arrived in Greece, Europe and centuries later, in America.
A powerful symbol of happiness, prosperity and fertility, rice became synonymous with tasty enjoyment for all social classes, in all corners of the earth.
Rice is a healthy and nutritious part of the daily diet because:
- It’s an important source of energy because of its complex carbohydrates.
- It’s easily digestible and absorbed by the body.
- It contains essential vitamins and minerals.
- Whole grain rice is high in fiber, aiding regularity and lowering cholesterol.
- It’s quick and easy to cook.
- It can be combined with various meats, chicken and vegetables or served plain.
The European rice produced in Greece
Rice cultivation in Greece is directly connected with the existence of the most significant rivers of Macedonia: the Aliakmona, Axios and Strymonas.
Their calm waters create wetlands of unique natural beauty, providing the habitat for rare native plants and migratory birds, such as the Dalmatian Pelican and Flamingo.
Since 1950, the fertile and friendly farmland of Macedonia has been the ideal environment for the cultivation of rice in Greece. The people of the region immediately embraced rice cultivation, resulting in the wider area of Eastern Macedonia becoming the largest paddy in Greece today.
The European rice produced in Greece differs from rice grown in other areas and has the following additional benefits:
- Cultivation in river deltas and coastal regions gives the rice a particularly rich flavor.
- It is not genetically modified (non GMO).
- The Mediterranean climate in Greece is ideal for the cultivation of rice.