rice harvest photos yesterday made us curious about how rice actually gets from plant to plate. Here are a few photos that show the threshing and winnowing process up close. Flickr member IRRI, International Rice Research Institute.
• For an up-close look at rice threshing (getting the grain off the stalk) we found these images from a Japanese kindergarten and their rice project. Here a child is using an old-fashioned comb to rake the rice seeds off the stalks. Image by Flickr member daedrius.
• The rice comes right off, but the outer hulls and bran are still intact. Image by Flickr member daedrius .
• Here the rice is being machine-polished of its bran to make gleaming white rice. Image by Flickr member daedrius.
• Here's another way to remove the rice from its hull, demonstrated by a woman in the Philippines. Image by Flickr member Keith Bacongco.
• And another - this time in Nepal. Image by Flickr member ah zut.
• Mounds of unmilled rice in Thailand. Image by Flickr member IRRI, International Rice Research Institute.
• The hand harvesting and milling of rice is very labor-intensive. Even small farmers in China and India now often use threshing machines. Image by Flickr member zrim.
• Image by Flickr member Carolincik. Previous Harvest galleries: • Harvest Time: Picking Tea in Kenya, Japan, and India • Harvest Time: Soybeans from Maryland to Wisconsin • Harvest Time: Olives in Israel, Palestine, and California • Harvest Time: Rice in Japan, China, and Bangladesh (All images licensed for use under Creative Commons.)