Saudi Arabia city of Al-Ahsa in the eastern region is well-known for hesawi red rice, which is the most expensive rice in the world. But the quality of rare red rice is threatened with extinction due to rare water resources. The rice grower of hesawi variety, Taher al-Aqar, explained, “The hesawi rice is an agricultural crop that’s grown in hot areas as it needs temperatures as high as 48 degrees Celsius otherwise it will not complete its growth phases. It also consumes a lot of water while it’s being planted although its roots reserve water for a long time. This is why farmers in Al-Ahsa prefer to plant it in lands where the soil is saturated in water so they can immerse it all in water while irrigating it from groundwater.”
Al-Aqar claimed hesawi rice to be the world’s most expansive reaching up to SA Riyal 5o per kg. “The rice seedlings are completely immersed in water and then they are irrigated for five continuous days every week. We do this for around four months until it’s time to harvest it,” he explained. Red rice is rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fibers that have high nutritional values, which help those suffering from arthritis and broken bones. It is highly recommended for women who have just given birth, as it helps them gain the nutrition they lost during labor.