Product Description

Rice can certainly be nice but Agrifarm gluten free rice is more than just ‘nice’, it’s definitely winsome! It comes from the rice paddies of the fertile Strymonas River valley in Serres of Macedonia, Greece, where it is grown in compliance with integrated management principles that steer it clear of pesticides and chemicals. It is also part of Agrifarm’s ambitious Family Farms Project which means it comes from small, Greek family farms where agriculture is a way of life and a link to tradition.

Rice is a food that is easy to digest and is rich in complex carbs, proteins and vitamins. It contains no trans fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It’s interwoven with many ethnic cuisines since it is a staple food worldwide. It has been around for over 5000 years, traveling from China to ancient Greece and then on to Persia and the Nile Delta. Systematic rice cultivation did not start in modern-day Greece until the 1950’s. The “Rice Miracle” as it has been called, began in Anthele, a hamlet on the Sperchios River Delta. The know-how for this “new” crop’s cultivation was brought to the area from California by Walter Packard, Irrigation and Production Specialist of the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) Mission to Greece under the Marshall Plan. Today, Agrifarm brings to our table flavorful white rice carrying all of the gifts of Greek Mother Nature. It is grown and packaged with special care so that its unrivalled traits may remain unaltered.

Proof of that is the fact that Agrifarm rice is part of the company’s Family Farms Project which has won a number of highly prestigious taste awards as well as awards for the packaging of Agrifarm Family Farm pulses and rice. In 2014, that smart, elegant packaging won the coveted Best Packaging Solution Silver Award from European Design Awards. In 2015, it swept away the gold at the “Re-Inspire Greece” contest by “Gaea”. Inspired by the burlap sacks in which legumes and rice were traditionally stored in the old days, the packaging is designed on a story-telling concept and it’s made from 100% handcrafted Greek cotton-based material that allows the product to breathe and thus keep all of its nutritional value. It includes a QR Code which, when scanned with a Smartphone, tells you where in Greece the product comes from and how it was processed. Rice grown naturally and stored in a naturally made package? You can’t go wrong with that!

How To Enjoy
Make it an integral part of classic Greek cuisine recipes such as stuffed vegetables, spinach & rice or cabbage & rice casseroles.
Storage Instructions
Before opening, store in a cool place away from direct sources of light.
  • Net Weight
    1.1lbs
  • Gross Weight
    1.14lbs
  • Width
    3.82in
  • Depth
    0.67in
  • Height
    10.31in
Product History

Greece is a country renowned for its quality legumes on which Greek heritage and nutritional habits are firmly anchored. Legumes have always been popular due to their affordable price and all-star nutritional elements and they were as highly valued in the old times as they are now. Ancient Greek writings contain detailed information on their consumption as the ancient Greeks considered them a medicine that promoted healthy physical growth. Mediterranean societies also gave them a prominent place in their everyday nutrition and they could be found on the dinner table of grand mansions and humble abode alike. Due to their affordability and wealth of proteins they have often been called the "poor man’s meat”.

Today, their contribution to lifelong good health is enthusiastically touted as they are an integral part of the celebrated Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, the "Gold Standard” that leads to healthier eating habits. They are packed with proteins which structure body tissue and carbohydrates which are a body energy booster. Equally significant is their high content in dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber regulates the seamless function of the digestive tract and, at the same time, ferries cholesterol out of the body. What is more, they offer us important minerals, B-vitamins, iron, and a modest amount of calcium. According to the Mediterranean Diet’s guidelines, they should be consumed twice a week. Recipes for legumes (beans and pulses) abound so that they can be enjoyed year round. Traditional Greek recipes using legumes have been an inextricable part of Greek cuisine for decades. In the old days, they were traditional winter fare as heart-warming soups or oven-baked casseroles laced with olive oil and dotted with tomatoes, herbs, and spices. In contemporary times, legumes have been gaining culinary ground both in Greece and internationally in a dizzying array of dishes other than soups featuring prominently in salads where, in the company of Mediterranean aromatic herbs and vegetables, they bring together taste and health.

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Agrifarm Premium Products is a form of collaborative production and standardization of agricultural products farmed in a completely natural way on privately-owned farms in Central Greece as well as in selectively chosen agricultural areas throughout the rest of Greece. Under this innovative form, production relies on “smart” agricultural management anchored on modern cultivation methods and mindful of stewardship of natural resources free and unencumbered by extensive use of fertilizers and strong pesticides. It is within that framework that Agrifarm has developed and implements its “Refarming Greece” model and approach. “Refarming Greece” is an integrated management system embracing local agricultural production with a view to optimizing production quality of agricultural products. The model is an Agrifarm initiative targeting the creation and growth of a specific business culture for all parties involved in the supply chain of agricultural products. The key requisite for the success of the Refarming Greece model is Agrifarm’s belief that the provision of quality products bearing specific characteristics and under distinct specifications starts at the farming ground. Agrifarm’s vivid vision and driven mission is to produce authentic Greek Mediterranean products of premium quality which are offered in modern, innovative packaging that showcases the products’ authenticity and excellence of quality.
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Lamia, hailed as the Noble Lady of Roumeli, is the capital of the Regional Unit of Phthiotis, Region of Central Greece. Mythological accounts are unclear as to the origin of the city’s name. One account says that it was built by Lamos, son of Hercules and Omphale, Queen of Lydia who was the one to purchase Hercules from Hermes after Hercules had been sold as a slave per Zeus’ command. Another account maintains that it was built by mythological Lamia, daughter of Poseidon and Queen of the Trachineans. Whatever the legendary case may have been, the founders of the city chose its location very carefully: Situated as it is at the foothills of Mount Othrys, near Sperchios River, Lamia acquired great strategic significance. Archaeological studies have revealed that the area has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age (2800-1100 BC). Due to its strategic position, Lamia’s past is an illustrious one. Silent witnesses to that past are Lamia’s ancient monuments, churches, and historical locations which unravel the city’s history before the eyes of visitors to the area’s lovely sights.

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Long grain Greek natural gluten free Rice "AgriFarm" 17.6oz

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Product code: 5200122010092 Gross Weight 1.14lbs
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Authentic Greek versatile gluten free rice, takes a bow on stage. An Agrifarm specialty, it is grown in small family farms and aspires at astonishing you with its delicious character and its “purely” Greek identity. It will win you over, starting with its packaging which, apart from being handmade, tells you a story that has led it all the way to prestigious awards!
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Long grain Greek natural gluten free Rice "AgriFarm" 17.6oz nutrition
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Long grain Greek natural gluten free Rice "AgriFarm" 17.6oz size
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