Rice

Malcolm Mintz

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Abstract

How rice was planted, harvested, sold, cooked and eaten at the turn of the sixteenth century is examined here. This was a time just thirty years after the arrival of the Spanish in the region and the techniques used would most likely reflect those found during the pre-Hispanic period. Examined first is the establishment of lowland rice fields and the types of rice that were planted followed by a more detailed discussion of clearing, working and irrigating the fields. Considered next is the sowing, germination, transplanting and maturation of the rice in the field, including a section on protecting rice from its natural predators. All aspects of the rice harvest follow: gathering rice from the fields, threshing, drying, pounding, winnowing, milling, storing and transportation. The penultimate section of the chapter looks at the cooking, serving and eating of rice, and the final section on measurement and transactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationMonograph 1: The Philippines at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century: with particular reference to the Bikol region.
EditorsCarolyn Brewer
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Australian National University
ISBN (Electronic)9780646568195
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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