Se Zic Upland Rice

se-zicSe Zic is a traditional landrace cultivar from Japan. I obtained my seed from Sylvia Davatz (Solstice Seed) in Vermont. I have very little historical information about this variety.

I transplanted into the garden at the end of May and harvested 126 days later. Se Zic grew very tall (4 1/2′) and had a lot of vegetative growth, which helped to shade out weeds in the later part of the season. Se Zic had minor lodging issues and was fairly productive. It does have awns which adds a little extra work when threshing. Overall growth was very healthy and I plan to grow this variety out again. The yield was approx. 14 pounds per 100 square foot.

Rice seeds should be soaked in water 24 hours before planting. I start my plants indoors in April in plug flats (50’s) and transplant into beds after the last frost date. I recommend not leaving plants in flats for more than three weeks as the starts will yellow easily and weaken when root-bound. Here in Northern Indiana, I plant my rice plugs the last week of May. I plant into 4′ wide beds. This makes adding bird netting over the tops of the plants an easy chore using 5′ t-posts and twine. The plants are spaced 9″ apart in the beds.

At maturity the rice husks will turn to a golden brown and the rice seed inside will be hard.  I harvest in late September/early October, cutting the whole plant and bundling into groups of 4. These bundles are then hung in my drying shed for a few weeks until the plant is fully dry. At this point threshing is easy by hand (pulling the grains off) or using a threshing machine. I use a treadle (foot) powered thresher. Rice has an inedible husk that needs to be removed before eating. There are small rice dehullers available but very difficult to locate. The most primitive way to accomplish this is by pounding the grains with a stick or mallet on a wood surface (tree stump) in order to loosen the husks.

I will add a cooking and flavor profile once that information is available.

 

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GRI-07
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Se Zic Upland Rice
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17 grams (approx. 200 seed)$4.50
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