Facts & Figures

Interesting facts and figures regarding rice.

  • The Chinese Word for Rice is the same as their word for food
  • Rice is the main food for half the people in the world.
  • There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice.
  • Of the 40,000 varieties more than 100 grow world-wide, but only around 10% are marketed and sold.
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why it was a tradition to throw it at weddings, confetti has now replaced rice.
  • To see how many a children a newlywed couple will have the Finns count the number of grains of rice in the brides hair.
  • Grains of rice in a salt cellar will help to keep the salt free flowing.
  • Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
  • There are over 29,000 grains of rice in one pound of long grain rice.
  • The average person in the UK eats approximately 4.4kg of rice each year.
  • On cooking rice swells to give at least three times its original weight.
  • 96% of the worlds rice is eaten in the area in which it is grown