Fun Facts About Rice – 5 Things You Didn’t Know
1) Throughout history, rice has been one of the most important foods to mankind. In fact, archaeological 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. Contrary to popular belief, uncooked rice does not cause health problems to any birds that might eat this rice.
3) In Thailand when it is a meal time, a family member will call Kin Kaow, to say “it’s time to eat!”, however, directly translated it means “eat rice”.
4) Toyota was founded by the Toyoda family. The word Toyota uses 8 Japanese strokes to write (compared to the 10 for “Toyoda”), which is considered lucky and translates to “Bountiful Rice Field”. Another popular Japanese car brand, Honda, translates to “The Main Rice Field”.
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 recommended daily drinking requirement is between 2-4 litres of water for each person, that should put it in perspective!