Bamboo Rice


Bamboo Rice 

 Hidden Tribal Secret Revealed
Highly nutritious – A wide range of delicious food
Bamboo rice is collected by the tribes residing in the forest from the seeds of flowers, bamboo, is known for its highly nutritive qualities, rich medicinal values. A very good substitutes for the polished white paddy rice.  Bamboo rice has become an important and major source of income for tribals living in the forests. Nature keeps all its treasures hidden deep inside her. From the heart of nature a rare and lesser know seed is being introduced “bamboo rice” these seed are gathered from the jungles of tropical rain forest, bamboos trees which are known to be the tallest of herb grasses which grow in tropical rain forests.
Some species of bamboos only  bloom with flowers once in 40-60 years and often die after flowering. They compensate this by releasing huge amounts of flowers and seeds, one of many mechanisms that nature employs to ensure the survival of certain species.
Bamboo rice is not commonly available due to the reason that it takes many years for an aged plant to flower which is unpredictable as these may vary from few years to 100 years for a bamboo plant to flower.
 Nature’s Hidden Treasures –Bamboo Rice
    This short-grain rice is infused with bamboo extract, contributing the health benefits of chlorophyll and a rich green colour that’s retained when cooked. The grain is obtained from bamboo tree, which is the tallest herbs in the tropical forests. Some bamboo tree species only flower once in fifty to sixty years and often die after flowering.  Bamboo Rice is an all natural, short-grain Asian rice that has been infused with Bamboo juice. This infusion imparts the beautiful jade green colour and a slight jasmine green tea flavour.
 Bamboo Rice – highly nutritious –  medicinal properties, in Ayurveda ,Health values,Nutritional aspects
   The name  bamboo rice is also given to a short-grain rice that is infused with bamboo juice. This practice is prevalent more in the West. This imparts a green colour and that is very different. The bamboo rice goes very well with our South Indian curries, rasams and even curd. It is available in Tamil Nadu where it is called ‘moongil arisi’. It is cooked in the same manner as regular rice is cooked
The bamboo rice is sweet, pungent, nutritious and strong . It cures kapha, pitta dosha, removes toxic substances from the body and cures the disease in which the vital humors of the body are excreted through urine.
The nutritious and health value of bamboo rice is very remarkable. It is more healthy to have bamboo rice than the rice from paddy . Seeds used to treat menstrual disorders, respiratory diseases and infections.  Its rich content of proteins controls back pain, joints pain and rheumatic pain. The other medicinal and health benefits are Controls sugar, cholesterol and Blood pressure. Good for Pregnant women to overcome vitamin deficiency.
The Process of Storing Bamboo Rice
Given the unpredictable flowering and thorniness of the bamboo, this makes no easy rice harvest. To get perfect polished bamboo rice, the area around the base of each bamboo is cleaned and all the debris formed is removed. The base is then smoothed with a slush of clay and kept to dry. Once dried, the bamboo rice is then stored in to the prepared surface and gathered to be consumed.
 
How is it Different from Other Types of Rice?
Bamboo rice has a striking resemblance to paddy rice and tastes more like wheat. Slightly sweet in taste and generally cooked like any other rice, bamboo rice makes a great combination with any normal food that we consume. The difference lies in its texture when cooked, which is mostly moist and sticky. It is chewy when consumed. It is prepared as Khichdi on the occasion of Pongal and many love to prepare bamboo rice kheer to savor on celebratory events. You can also consume it with normal dal and other Indian curries.
Bamboo Rice-Healthy or Not?
Bamboo rice like any other rice is rich in various nutrients including carbohydrates, fiber and protein. It is believed that bamboo rice has low glycemic index compared to other varieties of rice, which is considered to be a healthier option for diabetics. The rice has low or no fat and is rich in vitamin B. The tribes in Kerala use this rice to cure joint pain owing to the presence of immense calcium and phosphorus content.
 
Bamboo rice may not be very popular in the India, but considering its origination and benefits, looks like it may soon become a staple across the country and add to the list of other varieties of rice.


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