Rice Facts



  • The rice seeds are sown in soil, then when the seedlings are 25-50 days old they are transplanted to the paddy field under 5-10 cm of water.
  • Brown rice is rice grain with the husk ground away. White rice is rice grain with the inner bran layer ground away as well, and is far less nutritious.
  • Rice-growing probably began in India about 3000bc.
  • In 1962 researchers in the Philippines experimented with hybrids of 10,000 strains of rice.
  • Rice appears in many different kinds of foods, such as breakfast cereals, soups and snacks.
  • Rice is a cereal grain that is the basic food of half the world’s population. It is especially important in Southeast Asia.
  • The wild rice or Indian rice collected by Native Americans for thousands of years is not related to rice.
  • Like other cereals, rice is a grass, but it grows best in shallow water in tropical areas.
  • Rice growers usually flood their fields to keep them wet. The flooded fields are called paddies.
  • A lot of wheat is fed to livestock, but 95% of all rice is eaten by people