A careful cultivation handed down over centuries
When rice is harvested is called “risone” and its grain is covered by the husk, that is the rough shell, hard and inedible that must be removed when the processing begins. Since the end of 1400s this process has been mechanized using the rice mortar.
In every farm new “rice mills” were built and as far as the end of 1800s they were the unique plants for the italian rice processing.
The rice industries developed only during the second half of the 1800s and, from the period after the second world war, they have quite completely replaced the old rural “rice mills”.
Modern rice industry can count on advanced systems, but the processing of rice is always based on a mechanical rubbing action very similar to the one of many years ago.