December 13, 2012

Did You Know. . .

that one seed of rice produces over 3,000 grains?  Of all the cereal grains, it is the highest producing grain.

that rice grows on every continent except Antarctica?

that the first food a bride from India gives her husband is rice?  

that the reason rice has been traditionally thrown at newly married couples is because it is a symbol of  luck, fertility and wealth?

that in Japan, it is considered rude to leave rice in your bowl?  They don't believe in wasting the rice.

that rice was used in building the city wall in Nanjing, China?  Scientists discovered that the sticky rice was added to lime mortars and was used to provide stability.  The amylopectin in the rice is what makes it sticky and is what makes it to compact, strong and a flexible binding material.  Another benefit to using the rice was that fact that it also guarded against the growth of calcium carbonate crystals. 

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