Lotus Foods Mekong Flower Rice
Mekong Flower is called 'Phka Malis' in Khmer, which means beautiful garland of flowers, because of its delicate floral aroma.
Perfect in dishes that will showcase its delicate fragrance, Mekong Flower is nutritious and flavorful.
Perfect for all cuisines, it can be used steamed plain, in a pilaf, stir-fry, salad or pudding.
Mekong Flower is chiefly grown on small family plots by households belonging to the Damrei Romeal Organic Rice Cooperatives in Takeo, a province dominated by rice fields and sugar palm trees. Cooperative members are using a set of growing methods, called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which enable smallholder farmers to harvest more rice from their traditional varieties using less water, seed, land and no chemicals. Researchers have found that the major aromatic compound in rice is increased in response to water stress. With SRI, farmers drain their paddies periodically, which may explain why Cambodian consumers are saying that SRI-grown 'Phka Malis' is more aromatic and better tasting.
- Cooks in 30 minutes
- Whole grain and heart healthy
- High in fiber, trace minerals and vitamins
- High in phytonutrients and antioxidants
- 3rd year transition, organic certification
- Fair trade
- Gluten and wheat free
Organic Mekong Flower Rice
Established in 1995, Lotus Foods is a specialty rice company that has pioneered the introduction of exotic rice handcrafted on small family farms in remote areas of the world such as Bhutan, Bangladesh, and China, into the US market. Each rice varietal is distinguished by its terroir* and treasured for its distinctive cooking quality, taste, texture, aroma, color, and nutritional value.
Lotus Foods was founded with the intent and vision to support sustainable global agriculture by promoting production of traditional heirloom rice varieties, many of which may otherwise have become extinct, while enabling the small family rice farmer to earn an honorable living. Lotus Foods is the only US-based company with the unique vision and commitment to seek out small family rice farmers in developing countries and provide them a means of economic support through access to a global and sustainable marketplace economy.