Rice has been and it is still one of the most important cereal in terms of nutrition for most of the world’s population.
Its origins are to be found many centuries ago in the Far East.
In Italy at the end of the XV century, the Cistercian monks in the Abbey of Lucedio, in the heart of Vercelli region, were the first to grow rice.
Since then, deforestation and leveling of the land led to the current landscape, typical of rice production. Rice has become a source of life and wealth for the plains of Vercelli, Novara, Pavia and Milan.
By improving the techniques of cultivation and production, rice cultivation is currently very specialized and it gained a very high quality level.
The cultivation of rice begins in February and ends in October; plowing the land is the first step, and then we proceed leveling our fields.
Another step is the cleanup and the reconstruction of levees and furrows.
We prepare the ground with fertilizer and harrow; in April, the submersion of the land transforms our flat land in the “famous checkered sea”, followed by seeding in water.
From this moment, the young shoots become seedlings always greener. In the following months we clean the rice fields from weeds and do other fertilizing. In early August the plant blooms and finally the cob appears. Now the plant requires 40-50 days to reach maturation, and in those days the colour of the seedlings changes from green to yellow-gold.
October is the harvest time, drying of the product and subsequent storage in warehouses waiting for sending to processing plants to make it suitable for everyday consumption.
In all phases of growing and processing of our rice, we will be happy to welcome you for a pleasant and informative sightseeing.
Our rice fields, especially in the spring and summer, are populated by numerous birds such as herons, ibis, egrets, small birds of prey, swallows, etc … and also frogs, dragonflies, fireflies, and other animals that make our paddy fields unique and fascinating, not far from you!