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About the McKnights
DeLoss McKnight was the founder of McKnight Milling Company. He was well known for his kindness, his passion, and his love (for family, chocolate, food, and country). One of his passions was this mill. He wanted to provide high quality rice at a price that anyone can afford. His passion was contagious, and we strive to uphold the mill and share good tasting rice.
The mill team comprises of several people - mainly family. Frankie Sullivan, DeLoss' daughter, takes care of the business side of the operation. Brent Sullivan, Frankie's husband, runs the day to day operations of the mill, making sure the rice is top quality and the orders are filled and shipped on time. Zach Sullivan, Frankie's son, puts his skills to work by updating and maintaining the website. Emily McKnight, DeLoss' granddaughter, manages the social media for the Mill.
Mr. DeLoss McKnight
About the Mill
McKnight Milling Company was incorporated and started doing business in 1985 on the McKnight family farm, southeast of the small town of Hickory Ridge, Arkansas. Originally, all types of rice - long grain, medium grain and specialty rice - were milled and sold. In 1995, a decision was made to mill and sell only the variety of long grain rice known as Della.
About the Rice
Della was developed by rice breeders at Louisiana State University Rice Experiment Station in Crawley, Louisiana. It was developed from a type of Basmati rice grown in the Punjab province of India. The Basmati was crossed with local rice and developed over time. Della is an aromatic rice and when cooked produces the aroma of popcorn popping. It has the taste and flavor of butter and is very pleasant. Most rice has no taste and picks up the flavor of what it is served with such as beef or chicken. Check out our recipe page to find inspiration for your next home cooked meal.
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