"Koshihikari" (コシヒカリ, 越光) is a most popular variety of
ricecultivated in Japan.
"Koshihikari" was first created in 1956, by combining 2 different strains of "Nourin No.1" and "Nourin No.22" at the Fukui Prefectural Agricultural Research Facility. It has become very popular now in
Japan, in part due to its good appearance. It is one of the most highly-grown varieties of rice in the country, and its taste is said to differ per region. Some people think very highly of the Koshihikari harvested in Uonuma area of Niigata Prefectureand so traded at the most expensive price in all of Japan. The character for "koshi" (越) is used to represent old Koshi Province, which stretched from present-day Fukui to Yamagata. "Koshihikari" can be translated as "the light of Koshi ".
Other rice varieties close to its strains, such as
Akitakomachi, Hitomebore, and Hinohikarihave been created afterwards by cross-breeding "Koshihikari" with other Japanese varieties of rice.
*Highly susceptible to
*Its stem collapses easily when mature
* [http://www.ja-uonuma.or.jp/ JA Uonuma Minami (Japanese)] JA branch in South of Uonuma area in Japan
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