Yukikihari Rice

yukiAnother Japanese lowland rice that can be grown as an upland rice if planted in an area where the soil stay moist during the growing season. I irrigated my beds of Yukikihari two times per week. It is recommended to be grown as paddy rice in zone 5b. In 5a or warmer it can be grown in either a paddy or as an upland variety.

Yukikihari is a cold tolerant, short grain brown rice. I harvested mine in about 110 days from transplant. I also had very good yields of awn-less grain. (The lack of awns makes threshing easier)

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 September, 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.

My seed stock came from Wild Folk Farm in Maine. I will add a cooking and flavor profile once that information is available.

Yukikihari Rice
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