Interesting Facts About RICE

Rice Plant
Rice is the seed of the monocot plants Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). As a cereal grain, it is the most important staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and the West Indies. It is the grain with the third-highest worldwide production, after maize (corn) and wheat. Here are some Interesting facts about Rice :-

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.

Cooked Rice
7. Rice is a good source of insoluble fiber, which is also found in whole wheat, brand and nuts.

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.

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