A Rice Paddy Grows in Manhattan: LUCKYRICE Readies a Harvest
A real rice paddy is growing at the World Trade Center’s Oculus Plaza, and it’s because of Pearl River friend and lifestyle brand LUCKYRICE.
In partnership with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, LUCKYRICE planted five varieties of rice in wooden planters reminiscent of terraced paddy fields in Asia. The types of rice come from all over the world: Italy (Purple Jamon), Japan (Yukikihari), Madagascar (Mamoriaka), Uzbekistan (Amaura), and the U.S. (Carolina Gold).
As a sponsor, we were happy to plant our own baby sprout.
The installation also had some interesting fun facts about rice.
And we loved the performance by NYC-based dance troupe, Saung Budaya. They demonstrated the Tai Piring, a traditional plate dance of the Minangkabau, an indigenous people of Indonesia.
In about four months, our sprout, along with the others, will be all grown up and ready to be harvested. On Sept. 28, LUCKYRICE will hold a Rice Harvest Feast during which “where dozens of chefs will gather to create dishes that are an homage to rice.” Learn more at their site. And in case you missed it, check out our episode on Danielle's TV show, Luckychow.