Introduced in the Archaic Period to exploit otherwise useless swampland, rice by the Classical Period has become the dietary staple and the principle crop. Fields have been enclosed in levees to make rice paddies, extensive irrigation and drainage systems have been built, and hillsides are starting to be terraced to grow rice. With food cheap and plentiful, the population is burgeoning, labour is cheap, and unclaimed land is being appropriated by those with the means to take, hold, and develop it. By the Decadent Period the process is complete, and every hectare which can economically grow rice is doing so.

Rice grows well in Gehennum’s climate. A field will produce a crop every 100-105 days, including the necessary period of fallow, and not suffer a loss of fertility.

In the Classical Period rice is commonly eaten unpolished (brown), a rice-polishing machine having been invented recently by Lykomorphus. In the Decadent Period, however, it is often served white, its brown husks polished away.

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