Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rice, Rice Everywhere!

Like in most Asian countries rice is the most important food crop in Nepal too: from dietary, religious and social points of view. Due to the crop ripening at different times at different altitudes, harvesting is nicely staggered in October and November. 

Unfortunately in the past few decades we seem to have lost the wild varieties that were endemic to Nepal. I hope someday there will be as much of original wild rice as the various hybrid varieties in the market. 

(Top 3) Rice fields of east Nepal as seen from the air (October 2012)
(Bottom 3) Rice fields in the hills leading to Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden (October 2012)

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