Bamboo Rice Shows Up In Odisha
Why in News?
- Odisha is among the states known for a wide variety of rice, the staple food of eastern and north-eastern India and beyond.
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.
- The bamboo rice which grows only twice or thrice in a century. And it is being harvested now. The last collected bamboo rice in Odisha was in 1979.
- Whenever bamboo blossoms, the rat population increases. To prevent rats from running the rice, local villagers and forest dwellers collect bamboo rice. Also, the rice then becomes a major source of income and food for villagers living near the forest.
- The variety looks like paddy rice and tastes more like wheat.
- It is believed to have low glycaemic index compared to other varieties and it is good for diabetics. It’s rich in proteins and does not contain any fat.