The other day I was getting ready to cook some brown rice for dinner when I noticed little black grains of rice among the brown. As I started to pick them out I noticed that the little black grains had legs! I checked the airtight canister I use to store my rice and sure enough, there were llittle black critters crawling around in the rice. Ewwww!!! I immediately ran to my computer and googled “black bugs in rice” to find out what they were. Looking at the pictures that turned up as a result of my google search confirmed that I indeed had rice weevils in my rice. Yuck! Apparently most rice and grains we buy have bug eggs in them and if they’re left for too long in the right conditions, those eggs hatch. I don’t know what I find more disgusting, finding black weevils in my rice, or the fact that I’ve probably consumed a large quantity of weevil eggs throughout the course of my life. Think about that the next time you take your next bite of rice. We probably won’t be having rice for a while.
Be comforted that all the websites I checked said that neither eating these buggers or their eggs are harmful to us, they’re just extra protein. If however, you want to make sure those eggs in your grains don’t hatch, you should put your bag of rice in the freezer for a day or so after you buy it and then store it in a cool dry place (the worst place you can store rice is in the cabinet above your stove). Or you can put bay leaves in your raw rice, apparently they are good for warding off evil weevils. I’ll have to remember to stock up on bay leaves the next time I go to Berkeley Bowl.