1. More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily.
2. More than 40000 varieties of cultivated rice are thought to exist but the exact number remains a mystery.
3. It takes 5,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of irrigated rice. Asia is home to 250 million rice farms. Most are less than 1 hectare.
4. Rice is thrown on newly married couples as a symbol of fertility, luck and wealth.
5. Some research shows that rice may have been indigenous to India over 4,000 years ago and moved eastward to Indochina and to Southeast Asia.
6. Rice is so important in some countries, that they have festivals and celebrations to honor this wonderful food.
8. Asia is home to 250 million rice farms. Most are less than 1 hectare.
9. The rice plant can grow to 1–1.8 m tall, occasionally more depending on the variety and soil fertility. It has long, slender leaves 50–100 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad.
10. China is the largest producer and Consumer of Rice While India is 2nd largest producer and Consumer of Rice.