Welcome to the grain of rice website
On this page you can find some interesting (or not so interesting) facts about rice.
- Rice is grown in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
- At least 50% of all the world's rice is eaten within 8 miles of where it is grown.
- There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice.
- Sake is an alcoholic drink that the Japanese make from fermented rice.
- The average Asian consumer eats around 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats around 5 kg.
- Basmati is a variety of long grain rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour. Its name means 'the fragrant one' in Hindi, but it can also mean the 'soft rice.'
- The world record for eating the most grains of rice using chopsticks in 3 minutes is 78 grains. The record is held by Rob Beaton of the USA.
- Rice is an excellent source of energy, especially energy-giving carbohydrates, which are used in the body for brain performance, physical activity, bodily functions and everyday growth and repair.
- Rice contains negligible amounts of sodium, with less than 5mg sodium per 100g serve. It is therefore a super food for those who need to watch their salt intake.
- 2004 was officially known as The International Year of Rice
- On average, farmers need 2,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of rice.
- An old tradition was to toss rice at a wedding couple to bless them with good fortune and fertility. Today, some still throw rice, but confetti, bubbles or rose petals are often substituted for safety and environmental reasons.
- Brown rice has its bran layer intact, whereas white rice has had its bran layer removed by a polishing process. Brown rice is considered healthier than white rice as many nutrients are contained in the bran layer, however brown rice has a different taste
- Rice is actually a type of grass and belongs to a family of plants that includes other cereals such as wheat and corn.
- Irrigated lowland rice, which makes up three-quarters of the world rice supply, is the only crop that can be grown continuously without the need for rotation and can produce up to three harvests a year—literally for centuries, on the same plot of land.