Rice is consumed by most humans across the world. As it is available in large quantities across the globe, it also happens to be the staple food of the country. The internet is splurged with different diet plans about how to consume rice and in how much quantity. However, apart from the fact of this humble crop being part of most of the cuisine, there are many things not yet known about rice. From this crop sharing longest history dating back to 2500 B.C., there are many other fascinating facts we are not aware of about rice. Read below:
The strength of the Great Wall of China is Rice
We all know about the Great Wall of China. But do you know what goes behind its construction? Well, this wall built by the Ming dynasty during the 15th and 16th centuries was constructed using porridge made of rice mixed with calcium carbonate as a mortar to hold the stones together.
White Rice is initially brown
Yes, you read it right. White rice is brown rice that has its outer bran layer removed and polished.
Americans are the largest consumers of Rice
This might seem strange, but yes, as per US Rice Producer’s Association, Americans are the largest consumer of rice in the world every year. Asians consume 300 pounds, Arabs 450 pounds with French consuming just ten pounds every year.
Rice doesn’t grow in Antarctica
Though rice is adaptable in all climates, it doesn’t grow in Antarctica.
Numerous yields per seed
One seed of rice grows over 3,000 grains. There are over 40,000 varieties found all over the world.
Different colored rice
We all are well aware of brown rice and white rice. But do you know they are also found in different pigments? Some of the well-known types include red rice, gold rice, black rice, purple rice. These are whole rice that has a differently pigmented outer bran layer.
Nutrients in Rice
Rice alone provides around 20% of dietary energy followed by wheat and maize providing 19% to 5% of nutrient energy. However, apart from this, it also includes other nutrients like carbohydrates, iron, zinc, magnesium, fiber, and B vitamins. Besides, rice does not include sodium, cholesterol, gluten, or fats making it best for consumption.
Rice Terrace – The Eighth Wonder of the World
Do you know there is a rice terrace called Banaue Rice Terrace which is 2,000-year-old terraces carved on the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines? They also referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.
National Rice Month
September is recognized as the National Rice Month
Uncooked rice spoils fast
While uncooked rice can sustain for 10 to 30 years, cooked rice tends to get spoiled soon when left open at room temperature. Thus, it is always better to cook the required quantity and store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
With so many wonderful facts about rice and its applicability across the world, adding it to your diet is the best way to cherish this humble grain. So add rice to your diet and walk the healthy path.
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