Veetee Blog UK: Fun Facts About Rice - 5 Things You Didn't Know
18 January 2016
1) Throughout history, rice has been one of the most important foods to mankind. In fact, archeological evidence suggests that rice has been feeding the worlds' population for over 5,000 years. The first documented account of rice was 2,800 years BC.
2) The tradition of throwing something at newlyweds as they leave their marriage ceremony dates back to the Roman era, maybe even further than that. It is believed that rice was thrown to represent the future fertility and prosperity of the bride and groom. In recent years, rice has often been substituted with birdseed due to the potential dangers of uncooked rice to birds.
3) In Thailand when it is a meal time, a family member will call Kin Kaow
, which means "eat rice" as in "it's time to eat!".
4) Toyota was founded by the Toyoda family. The word Toyota uses 8 Janpanese strokes to write (compared to the 10 for "Toyoda"), which is considered lucky and translates to "Bountiful Rice Field". Another popular Janpanese car brand, Honda, translates to "The Main Rice Field".
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5) Rice cultivation utilises 5,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of rice. If you're struggling to visualise this, just think that the recommened daily drinking requirement is between 2-4 litres of water for each person, that should put it in perspective!