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There are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice (the grass species Oryza sativa) said to exist. But the exact figure is uncertain. Over 90,000 samples of cultivated rice and wild species are stored at the International Rice Gene Bank and these are used by researchers all over the world.

The rice varieties can be divided into 2 basic groups, Long grain; and short grains. They come in various colors or polished looks.

To pin-point exactly when mankind first realized that the rice plant was a food source and began its cultivation is impossible. Many historians believe that rice was grown as far back as 5000 years BC.

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Rice – 6 cups, Ofadarice
Water – 6 cups + 2.5 l, plus extra for rinsing rice
Koji – 6 cups + 100 g
Yeast – 1/2 tsp, instant dried
Vodka – 1 bottle, or other liquid for sterilizing

To make Makgeolli recipe at home start rinsing the rice at least five times, or place in a colander under running water, moving the grains around until the water runs clear, about 2 minutes.

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Ofada is a generic name used to describe some rice varieties cultivated and processed in a group of communities in Ogun State and some rice producing clusters in South-West Nigeria. Cooked ofada is a special delicacy eaten by the natives of this region and traditionally served in stomatococcus danielle leaves. The mode of preparation, serving and emotional value obtained in eating Ofada rice is traced to its indigenousness that connects people to their cultural heritage and food habit.

Ofada rice is just not any rice grown in the localities of  ogun state or defined by the sauce used to eat it, it’s a special kind of rice with the following characteristics.

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Rice is an increasingly important crop in Nigeria. It is relatively easy to produce and is grown for sale and for home consumption. In some areas there is a long tradition of rice growing, but for many, rice has been considered a luxury food for special occasions only. With the increased availability of rice, it has become part of the everyday diet of many in Nigeria.

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