America has historically exported more rice than it consumed. From the 18th century until the beginning of the civil war, rice was a major crop in Carolina and Georgia. It is a very labor intensive crop, but wealthy rice plantations had hundreds of slaves, 100 to 300 were required, depending on the size of the plantation. Familiar with African rice cultivation, the slaves are credited with contributing significantly to the area industry before it was destroyed by the Civil War. Following the war, rice growing moved west to Louisiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and the big state of Texas.
1849 gold rush brought many immigrants to America, including about 40,000 Chinese, whose staple food was rice. Rice production became a necessity. Rice grew well in California’s Sacramento Valley, in clay soil that was largely unsuited to other crops. Today, California is second largest rice producer, after Arkansas. 90% of the rice consumed in America is grown here.
Research Source: The Nibble
Need a quick, easy weeknight family meal. This Texmex Burrito is a perfect meal the children will love, makes a great main dish.
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1 cup uncooked rice
1 pound texmex seasoned ground beef
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
large or small flour tortillas
Cook rice according to package directions:
Combine cooked rice and texmex seasoned ground beef.
To build, place meat mixture in the center of flour tortilla, top with cheese, Tuck sides in and roll them up. Enjoy!