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Romans knew rice

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Rice
Rice

Rice was known in ancient times. Ancient Rome imported the so-called rice seed (Oryza sativa) from India, as a luxury product to be added to food or used as a medicine.

Archaeologists discovered large stocks of rice from the 1st century CE. in Roman camps in Germany, which proves that the Romans could enrich their diet with this product.

Sources
  • Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa, A Taste of Ancient Rome, 1992

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