Bamboo Rice | Everything You Need To Know | History & Benefits

Bamboo Rice

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 (Mulayari) 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 seeds are gathered from the jungles of the tropical rainforest, bamboos trees which are known to be the tallest of herb grasses which grow in tropical rain forests.

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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. It 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.

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Bamboo Rice History

Bamboo Rice is special rice that is grown out of a dying bamboo shoot. When the bamboo shoot breathes its last, it flowers into a rare variety of rice seeds, which are known as bamboo rice. It is said that the bamboo rice harvesting is a major source of income for the tribal communities living in the interiors of Wayanad Sanctuary in Kerala. The sanctuary makes a rich habitat to bamboo groves, where many small tribal communities still bide. Harvesting and collecting this rice is their source of income as well as their daily food intake.

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Health Benefits

  1. 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.
  2. Nutritious and more healthy than the rice from paddy.
  3. Seeds are used to treat menstrual disorders, respiratory diseases and infections.
  4. Rich in proteins which control back pain, joints pain and rheumatic pain.
  5. Other medicinal and health benefits also include; controls sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
  6. Good for pregnant women to overcome vitamin deficiency.

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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’. Cooked in the same manner as regular rice is cooked. It is sweet, pungent, nutritious and strong.

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