9 Facts About Rice

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As a main source of nourishment for over half the world's population, rice is by far one of the most important commercial food crops. Here are some cool facts about rice.


1
There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice. Of the 40,000 varieties, only around 10 percent are marketed and sold.

2
The average Asian consumer eats 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats 5 kg.

3
Uncooked white rice has long shelf life, about eight to 10 years. However, uncooked brown has shelf life of only three to six months.

4
The Chinese word for 'rice' is the same word used for 'food.'

5
Before confetti, rice is traditionally thrown at the bride and groom at wedding.

6
5,000 liters of water is required to produce 1 kg of rice.

7
When you cook rice, it weighs 3 times its original weight.

8
Rice Paper is not made from rice!

9
Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.