Rice grows on every continent in the world except Antarctica and has 21 different wild varieties. Strange, I thought that polar bears ate a healthy diet of rice with penguin on the side.
- In 2007, China consumed the most rice in the world with 102,640,324 metric tons of rice. Wonder if all of that rice could fit into the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium. Probably not.
- China accounts for 26% of all the rice production in the world. When you have 1.3 billion people, I am pretty sure you produce 26% percent of the world total of anything you want.
- As of May 2013, China was expected to become the largest importer of rice in the world, purchasing 3 million metric tons. I also read that France will be importing wine, the Swiss will be importing cheese, and America will be importing apple pies. Seriously.
- A typical greeting in southern China is “Have you had your rice today?” So have you eaten your rice today? Geez, I hope so.
- In Mandarin, the word Iron Rice Bowl means a secure job with steady income and benefits, likely a government position.
- The Chinese use terraced farming in order to successfully grow rice on hills that would otherwise be unusable to grow rice. The spiral landscape hypnotizes the eye and makes me yearn for a good hike.
- Zhejiang has the highest rice output per unit area, Hunan has the highest sown area of rice, and Hunan also has the highest total output of rice. So if you want of lot rice in your diet, it’s Hunan or bust.
- The word for rice in Chinese is the same as food. Imagine if the same word for food in English was say…French fries. 饭
Types of Rice
Black Rice: In China, noodles from black rice have been made and it is thought that black rice is good for the kidney, stomach and liver.
Maps of Rice Production in China
Terraced Rice Fields in China
Rice Statistics: Could There Really Be Anything More Interesting?
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