Rice – hardy and healthy – has nourished us since the Stone Age. In addition to mass-market rices, there are also rare rice varieties, which up to now have remained relatively unknown in the West.
Lotao has re-discovered these rare rices, and has brought these rare finds to a select group of discerning connoisseurs in the West. The rice specialties are exotic souvenirs from our search for the best rice has to offer. They are treasures from foreign cultures, hidden culinary secrets from the past; they typify the human experience, and affirm the truth that is rice: the secret of the tiny rice kernel to connect original ideas of human life on earth.
The hidden wisdom of these core human themes forms the heart of the Lotao Book Project, which can be seen as a search for the Forgotten Secret of Life. Here is an overview of the Philosophy.
Lotao stands for the search for an intact, whole world. The rice varieties were selected based on principles of purity. This stands for as much the quality of the rice as for the manner in which they were grown. Lotao works with partners who grow rare rice varieties, ensure fair working conditions, and promote social and environmental responsibility.
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