Grains of truth: why rice is the world’s best-loved staple

Rice is boring – or so this author thought, until a trip to north-eastern Japan. There he discovered the profound reasons why it is so highly prized the world over

Allow me to introduce you to a legend of the rice world, Katsuyuki Furukawa. He is the greatest rice farmer in Japan, winner of the country’s “best rice” competition for five years in a row, grower of rice so exceptional that, in the end, the organisers asked him very politely not to enter again, and gave him a special diamond lifetime achievement award instead.

His rice tastes really, really good.

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