From Honda & Toyota being named after rice, here are other weird facts about ‘killer’ grain you’ve been ignoring at your own peril

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Rice is a delicious cooking staple that is readily available, relatively cheap and can be eaten alongside a variety of dishes. But, there are certain details of rice you probably didn’t know about.

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and rice fun facts.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about rice – information that might just come in handy some day.

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Toyota and Honda are named after rice – These two Japanese brand cars were named after rice. Toyota actually means “bountiful rice field” and Honda means “the main rice field”.

Rice can last for years unless it’s brown – Uncooked white rice can stay fresh and edible for anywhere between 10 and 30 years (if stored properly). However, uncooked brown rice has a shelf life of just three to six months because of its bran coating which tends to oxidize within this time.

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The Great Wall of China is held together by sticky rice – While the Great Wall was being built during the Ming dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries, workers used a porridge made with rice along with calcium carbonate as a mortar to hold the wall’s stones together.

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Rice can poison you – It can if it’s not stored properly. When cooked rice is left at room temperature, the spores in the uncooked rice that survived cooking tend to grow bacteria that can eventually cause food poisoning.

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To avoid this, it is advisable to cook as much rice as you’ll eat, or cool leftover cooked rice in the fridge and reheat to steaming hot when you want to eat again.

All white rice starts brown – You probably already knew this, but then maybe you didn’t. All white rice is just brown rice that has been rid of its bran coating and polished.

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Rice grows everywhere except Antarctica – Rice is adaptable and easy to grow, which makes it possible to grow almost anywhere. It also has a very high yield which makes it a terrific crop to grow to feed a large population. Just a seed of rice can result in over 3,000 grains.

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Rice needs a lot of water to grow – Rice cultivations utilise about 5,000 litres of water to produce just 1kg of rice.

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Eating rice can actually make you happier – Of course, eating something as delicious and satisfying as rice can typically make you happy, but besides this, carbohydrates like rice trigger the production of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a hormone known to boost mood and help reduce your appetite. Plus, rice is easy to prepare, relatively cheap and nutritionally rewarding. Who wouldn’t be happy about that?

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Wild rice exists but it isn’t actually rice – Wild rice is a distant relative to every other rice eaten today, most of which are in the Oryza sativa family. Wild rice is part of the Zizania genus and its grains are harvested from marsh grasses grown in North America and China.

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When leaving the wedding ceremony, and after the blessing of the bride and groom, it is traditional in all cultures to throw grains of rice over the heads of the newlyweds in order to wish them prosperity and fertility in the future.

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