8 interesting facts about rice

June 17, 2012

1. Rice makes the world go around.
According to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) half of world’s population, three and half billion people depend on rice. China is the leading rice producer in the world.

2. Too many rice in supermarket? Think again.
There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice. Of the 40,000 varieties, more than 100 are grown worldwide, but only around 10 percent are marketed and sold.

3. Wondered why rice grains are thrown during puja?
Rice in many cultures including ours symbolizes prosperity and fertility. Thus the practice of throwing rice during pujas and notably at brides and grooms during weddings. Also, it is the first food given to newborn babies — pasni, as it’s considered auspicious for future prosperity.

4. Want to preserve nutrient? May be you shouldn’t wash your rice.
“Wash it till water is clear,” is often the rice washing advice we hear. It definitely will give you nice and fluffy rice, if that’s what you prefer, but if like your rice on the little stickier side, hold off on washing those starches away. Also, if you use enriched rice, you might not want to wash them.  Nutrients lost during milling are added back to enriched rice, which will be lost during washing.

5. White vs Brown
The difference between brown and white rice lies in the way they are milled. When the first outer layer, husk of rice is removed, you get brown rice. When you further mill it and remove bran and germ layer, then polish or bleach it, you get white rice.

Nutritionally brown rice is richer of the two. White rice does contain most of the essential vitamins and minerals, including B-group vitamins (thiamin, niacin) zinc and phosphorus found in brown rice, though in lesser quantity. However, they differ significantly in terms of their fiber content. A cup of brown rice content 3.5 grams, while an equal amount of white rice doesn’t even content 1 gram. Fiber is not only filling, but is recommended in the prevention of major diseases such as certain gastrointestinal diseases and heart diseases.

A cup of brown rice (232) has slightly more calories than white rice (223). And surprisingly white rice has less fat than brown rice, (0.2 grams per cup vs. 1.2 grams per cup).

6. We don’t call ourselves bhatee for no reason.
The average Asian consumer eats 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats 5 kg. According to CIA – The World Fact Book, annual rice consumption per person in Nepal is 78 kg.

7. Size matters
There are three types of rice grain: short, medium and long. Long grain white rice like Basmati, Jasmine popular in Asian cuisines is light and fluffy. Medium grain rice is used mostly in dishes that require creamier consistency like risotto, paella and kheer. Shorter than long grain they are plumper in shape and have slightly more starch in them so are more sticky. Short grain rice like one used in sushi is almost round in shape and has a higher starch content which makes it stickier.

8. Is it still good? Rice has shelf life.
Uncooked white rice has long shelf life, about eight to 10 years. However, uncooked brown has shelf life of only three to six months, primarily due to bran and germ being intact. It’s also a good idea to store the rice in a cool dry place, or better yet in your refrigerator or even freezer.

20 Responses to 8 interesting facts about rice

  1. Alem Redda on April 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    I am Alem Redda. Rice is my favorite crop.
    As a rice researcher in one of the remote areas of Ethiopia (about 1500 km North of Addis Ababa), I feel proud to be rice researcher.

    The demand for rice will increase for sure as the fact we believe the sun rises in the East. To say it all in short…rice is a must crop for the current global problem (i.e. population growth!) Rice is an easily adaptive and highly socially acceptable crop. The big question on rice is rather unusual i.e. “Where were we?” (Question of both farmers and researchers). Farmers of Tigray (Northern Ethiopia) call it “Sesen” which literally means blessed surplus.

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8 interesting facts about rice

8 interesting facts about rice