July 21 1796 @Segou Scottish *MungoPark first European to Reach @NigerRiver Saw *Corn*Couscous*Pudding*Rice Travelled 80 miles downstream to @Silla and forced to turn back 29 July, heading to @Bamako Fell Ill *Kamalia
*Minestradiriso early *rice recipe *Risotto not til 19th Century *LeonardodaVinci worked for *Sforza family to create @Milan canal system 1482, a water route from @LakeComo*FrancescoSforza 1452+ interested in *rice
1839 Padre Calleri @Philippines stole seeds of 43 different *rice types. Brought to @Vercelli@Piedmont Count of Cavour, Camillo Benso. 1st PM Camillo Benso, promoted the new varieties, building a canal system to create modern *rice belt
*Rice@PoValley*Risotto@Milan*Arancini@Sicily*Panissa@PiedmontItaly Romans imported it as spice, to thicken sauce to Middle Ages. Cultivated @Lombardy 15th C to make straw hats. Also @Ferrara Then @EmiliaRomagna@Veneto Top Euro rice producer
*RisoAmaro*BitterRice (1949) May-Jul to 1960s-70s 1000s of women @PoValley in northern Italy as "mondine" field weeders, clearing space for *rice Anti Fascist. Hid resistors, sent messages 1st domesticated @YangtzeRiver 10,000 yrs ago.