This section includes a range of sections relating to the history, variety and use of rice. Choose your option
There are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice (the grass species Oryza sativa) said to exist. This section covers the main varieties of rice.
To pin-point exactly when mankind first realised that the rice plant was a food source and began its cultivation is impossible but this section charts some of the history.
A to Z of rice
A full listing of terms and words commonly associated with rice.