This Moruga Hill Rice & Mushroom Pilaf is a great recipe that uses ingredients I got from Market Movers. I usually find myself making my Curry Mushroom recipe so I wanted to try something different. This is an easy and delicious vegan rice dish that uses all local ingredients. You will definitely want to add this recipe to your repertoire.
Originally called “red bearded upland rice” — and now dubbed Merikin Moruga Hill Rice — this strain gets its name from a reddish husk festooned with a “beard” of spiky plant hairs that protect it from pests and birds.
What makes this rice so special is how and where it grows. Rice loves water and thrives in coastal plains and marshes. But this strain can happily thrive upland, on higher, drier land — requiring, as the Pennsylvania Mercury put it in 1786, “no other watering but what they receive from the clouds.”