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in Ancient Rome

Rice [Oryza sativa] was imported from India as a luxury item which was used as a starch to thicken certain dishes as well as in medicine. It has been found north of the Alps in the archaeological excavations of Roman-age remains.(1)

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Footnotes & Bibliography

(1) Giacosa, Ilaria Gozzini; A Taste of Ancient Rome; trans. Anna Herklotz; University of Chicago Press; 1992; p16