Approximately 80% of Surinam is covered by dense tropical rainforest. These tropical rainforest house an abundance of flora and fauna. The larger part of the Surinamese population is descended from immigrants who came from three different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Suriname's official language is Dutch, but a general dialect known as Surinamese (Sranang Tongo) is frequently spoken. In Surinamese the word Alesie means Rice! The Alesie Group of Companies processes her rice with the utmost care at the direct source in Surinam. Surinam rice is well known for the excellent cooking performance and the fact that is the world's longest rice available.