Riz africain

Rizières de Madagascar, Afrique

Oryza glaberrima

Oryza_glaberrima (Wikipedia)

Oryza glaberrima
Oryza glaberrima seeds.jpg
Seeds of Oryza glaberrima
Scientific classification edit
O. glaberrima
Binomial name
Oryza glaberrima
Oryza glaberrima distribution.svg
The range of wild Oryza glaberrima. The plant is cultivated outside its wild range.

Oryza glaberrima, commonly known as African rice, is one of the two domesticated rice species. It was first domesticated and grown in West Africa around 3,000 years ago. In agriculture, it has largely been replaced by higher-yielding Asian rice, and the number of varieties grown is declining. It still persists, making up an estimated 20% of rice grown in West Africa. It is now rarely sold in West African markets, having been replaced by Asian strains.

In comparison to Asian rice, African rice is hardy, pest-resistant, low-labour, and suited to a larger variety of African conditions. It is described as filling, with a distinct nutty flavour. It is also grown for cultural reasons; for instance, it is sacred to followers of Awasena (a traditional African religion) among the Jola people, and is a heritage variety in the United States.

Crossbreeding between African and Asian rice is difficult, but there exist some crosses.

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