Arkansas Rice Reigns

 

The Arkansas Delta is the sister region to the Mississippi Delta, both sharing an alluvial plain that is home to small rural towns, migratory birds, and large, flat tracts of farmland. One of the key crops grown on the Arkansas side is rice – that versatile grain that feeds a good portion of the world. A little more than a century ago, a farmer by the name of W.H. Fuller took a hunting trip to Louisiana where he saw rice growing. Thinking that the agricultural conditions in Arkansas would be quite similar, he brought the grain back, and is credited with starting the rice industry in the state. And a good job he did — because today, Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the United States.AR & LA.003 sign

 

 

With so many ways to prepare rice, we opted to bring you a recipe that utilizes brown rice, which is a less processed whole grain without the husk. It retains the bran and germ layers, making it a heart-healthy grain with a delightfully nutty flavor. And it goes so well with the medley of sautéed fruits, nuts and veggies in the harvest dish we selected below – a truly beautiful dish to serve with poultry.

If a trip to The Natural State is in your future, consider Huntsville Blooms, a spring flower festival at the Huntsville Botanical Garden that lasts the entire month of April.

Harvest Brown Rice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Rice Producers Association and the Arkansas Rice Growers Association, used with permission.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 large apples, unpeeled, cored and diced
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat; add carrots and cook 5 minutes. Add onions and apples; cook 5 minutes. Stir in rice, dried cranberries and almonds. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until rice is heated through.

 

 

 

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