It comes in sealed plastic from the supermarket…doesn’t it?
Quite simply no.
In Bali, if you’re prepared to notice, the evidence of rice growing is everywhere- and not just on your plate.
Aside from the small fields interspersed with tourist accommodation in Kuta and Legian, a side trip to Ubud will usually take in the picturesque terraces. Depending on the stage in the growing cycle, these are greener than it is possible to imagine anything being.
Take some side roads, or wander away from the tourist mecca and you will see more.
Entire families involved in harvest, wizened farmers planting, the ducks that keep the bugs away, sheets of grains drying in the sun.
In Bali the business of rice growing is still manual, back-breaking and relentless. Each year more and more land is lost to tourist accommodation- especially along the beaches.
So, next time you push your fork into a plate of steamed rice or fragrant nasi goreng, pause for just a second to appreciate how that grain got to your plate.