Some fun facts pertaining to Rice!

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  • We have been eating Rice for 5,000 years. The first known account was in China about 2,800 BC.
  • Rice is the second highest worldwide production after maize (corn). Since maize is mostly grown for purposes other than human consumption, rice is the most important grain for human consumption.
  • Rice has been found in mediaeval Chinese walls where they were added for strength and stability.
  • More than half the labour force in Thailand is involved in rice production.
  • In 1997, the Laotian news agency reported that farmers had successfully completed trials using pig manure as a snail repellent on rice crops.
  • In 1997, the Laotian news agency reported that farmers had successfully completed trials using pig manure as a snail repellent on rice crops.
  • There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica.
  • In 2008, a craze was started in Japan for rice-filled bags called 'Dakigokochi' for newborn babies. They were shaped like a bundled baby and printed with the newborn's face and name.
  • In India, rice is associated with prosperity and with the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.
  • A Taiwanese artist has carved a portrait of the new Chinese leader Xi Jinping on a grain of rice.
  • In Burma, a person consumes about five-hundred pounds of rice a year.
  • In the USA, a person consumes about twenty pounds of rice a year.
  • There is enough rice that grows in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Missouri to rank the USA as the twentieth largest rice producer in the world and the second largest exporters of rice.
  • Cooked rice swells to three times its original weight.
  • Japanese people believe it is important to not waste rice, so it you leave rice in your bowl it is considered to be rude
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