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Come and take a look around a rice mill that has been converted into an ethnological museum in Almenara.

The Rice Mill in Almenara is a building with a long history behind it. It was constructed in 1753 as a place to store the town’s straw and provide for the troops that were in Almenara at the time. Later, it became a 'portazgo', a tollbooth giving people the right to pass through the area.

Fast-forward to 1899, and the mill was transformed into a warehouse for orange exports. In 1914, the owner acquired permission to install machinery for rice production and the building became the rice mill that we know today. The mill is connected to the rice grown in the nearby wetland area, Marjal de Almenara.

In the present day, the Rice Mill is an important part of Almenara’s culture. It houses a museum, an exhibition area and the local tourist information office. The museum collection includes the machinery that was used in the rice production process.

You will see a sieve that was used to separate impurities from the rice. The sheller was used to remove the husk from the grain while the whitener removed the bran on the rice, leaving it with its characteristic white colour.

You can also see the classifying sieve, which separated the grains according to their size, and the length grader, which was used for separating the broken rice from the head rice. Lastly, the rice was packaged into bags ready to be distributed. You will discover all this and much more during your time at Almenara Rice Mill. Don’t miss it.

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