China remains the world’s largest producer of rice. The Middle Kingdom harvests over 200 million tons per year and a large share of it gets exported all over the world.
But cooks and diners alike should take care: not only are untold amounts of pesticides used in Chinese agriculture but according to a report in The Korea Times rice is also now being manufactured artificially.
Potato starch gets mixed with plastic (synthetic resin, for instance) and then formed into rice-shaped kernels. Finally, the grains are steamed with a typical rice aroma.
Based on this, a further investigation was conducted in order to find out whether these statements were true. Doctors have emphatically warned against consuming the artificial product: three full portions apparently contain as much plastic as there is in a little plastic bag.
With these simple tricks you can test whether your rice is wholesome and plastic-free:
Test 1: Water
Pour a tablespoon of the rice in a glass full of water. If the rice falls to the bottom, it is organic. If the rice is fake, it will stay on the top.
Test 2: Fire
Light a few rice kernels, if they burn, the rice that you have bought is definitely fake because the organic one can’t burn.
Test 3: Mortar and pestle
Crush a few grains of rice and observe: if the rice becomes fine white powder, it is organic. If it leaves a yellow stain in the mortar, it’s plastic.
Test 4: Mold
Cook some rice in water and then store it in a plastic container. Leave the container in a sunny spot for several days. The organic rice will be mold in just two days while the fake on will stay like it was.
These tests are simple and easy but will help you protect your health and detect the origin of the rice you intend to consume.