Cut rice crop with knives or sickles. Clean and dry the grains in the sun to reduce grain moisture. Remove the outer husks of the grain for brown rice. Remove the bran that consists of more husks and the germ, for white rice (Rice Knowledge Bank, 2013;).
Keep dry in a storage container.
Rice is a prehistoric crop in the Mariana Islands with rich ceremonial value. It requires plenty of water to grow. The plant is tall with long, slender leaves and small clusters of flowers that are arranged on an arching stem. The seed is edible as a whole grain (brown rice) or refined grain (white rice) (Rice Knowledge Bank, 2013; Tolentino, 2009).