|My Rice- Koshi-Hikari|
As you know, this year I grew some rice. The kids and built the paddy, planted the rice, watched it grow, and harvested it.
And now it is threshed and de-hulled.
Here is the story in pictures.
I took the rice off the drying racks and carted it up to the house. That way, I could sit in the sun and work threshing the grain from the straw. I tried a number of ways. I beat it with a stick. I walked on it, but the best method by far was to grasp a few stalks in my hands, and run my fingers from the base to the head. The kernels just popped right off. Of course, this method will be too labor intensive if I ever grow rice well enough for a decent harvest. But for my harvest... Meh.
It came back at 1000g. Yes, my yield was 40g/ square meter.
So if 1 acre equals 4047 square meters, I would have grown 161.88 Kg. of rice, or 356.9Lbs...
(in 2001, the US average rice harvest/ acre was 6374 Lbs...)
All the more incentive to do better next year.
But I will enjoy eating this rice!