As I learn more about finding creative ways to feed my family healthier foods, one thing I’ve found is that going to the store is really not the only way to buy food. The world of online food shopping has grown tremendously, which is so exciting, because it makes products you’ve never even heard of available to you!
Today I’m highlight a company called Lotus Foods. I’ve fallen in love with their products, and I think you might, too! Lotus Foods has been around since 1995, and they have pioneered the introduction of exotic rice grown on small family farms in remote areas of the world. I would call these rices “heirloom” as they are varieties that are very region-specific, and aren’t mass produced. It is so cool to get to try a type of rice that you’ve never before tasted!
The rice I have tried from Lotus Foods is fragrant, naturally colorful and full of flavor. I really like rice, but I think it has a rather forgettable flavor unless it is drowning in butter and salt. These rices, though, are aromatic, flavorful and downright awesome, no butter or salt needed! (Promise!).
Furthermore, Lotus Foods is working hard to help provide living wages to small farmers, and to keeping these varieties of rice alive. Without economic support from buyers, some of these rices could stop being grown, and then they’d be gone forever. That would truly be a shame, because let me tell you, the rice I have been eating from Lotus Foods is in an entirely different league from anything that my local grocery store sells.
If you aren’t already feeling excited about Lotus Foods, let me give you yet another reason to cheer them on! Lotus Foods works with farmers who are adopting a new rice growing technique called the System of Rice Intensification. I don’t know exactly how it works, but basically it optimizes the potential of every seed, uses 50% less water, 90% fewer seeds and 0 agrochemicals. DANG!!!!! Why is this important? Many reasons, including the fact that continuously flooded rice paddies produce between 11 and 15% of human generated methane on the planet. So by changing the way rice is produced, we are doing some serious good for the environment.
I plan on serving the Volcano Rice at Thanksgiving this year. It will add some more color to the table and will be a fun culinary experience for everyone! I can’t wait! Another rice I’ll be buying as soon as possible is the Forbidden Rice, a gorgeous and amazing black rice that just blew me away. Did you know rice can blow you away? No? Then you aren’t shopping with Lotus Foods, yet!
Buy it!: Lotus Foods offer bulk selections of their products (11 pound bags) or you can also buy retail sized bags. You MUST check out their selection. And then get ready to do some yummy shopping for your pantry! You can also purchase from keywords=lotus%20foods&linkCode=ur2&tag=stuparnee-20&url=search-alias%3Daps”>Amazon!
Win it!: One lucky Stuff Parents Need reader a prize package with several small bags of rice. You will LOVE it! the contest will run until November 21st at 11:59pm EST when a winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United States. Limit one entrant per household, please.
Mandatory entry: Tell me anything you like about rice. It could be your favorite rice dish, favorite type of rice, the type of rice you’d like to try from Lotus Foods…anything at all about rice! Here’s my rice tid-bit: My very favorite dessert of all time is Sticky Rice with Mango. It is a Thai dessert, and if you have never had it, please look for it on the menu of the next Thai restaurant you visit. And then come back and thank me for changing your life. Seriously.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary products for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This post contains affiliate links.