Nestled amidst the world’s largest oasis of palm trees in the world exists a surprising phenomenon that one would not necessarily expect to find in Saudi Arabia – rice fields!
The red Hasawi rice has been cultivated in the southeastern region of the country in the Al Ahsa area for generations.
It is the world’s most expensive rice and is well suited to the salty soil conditions and warmth of the region, in addition to being drought tolerant.
The rice gets its red color from the outer hull being left on the grains. It is high in carbohydrates, fibre, protein and nutritional value, and it is also said to having healing properties.