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. Boy Kanin shares some interesting facts about rice – information that might just come in handy some day.
The Great Wall of China is held together by sticky rice
Did you know that The Great Wall of China, known to be one of the eight wonders of the world, is made of rice? Its foundation is composed of plain sticky rice and compressed dirt. However, this has been reconstructed and repaired for a number of times, but parts of it with the rice and compressed dirt can still be seen today.
There’s a Palay mascot called Palayman.
Did you know that there’s a Palay mascot? The first public appearance of Palayman (PhilRice mascot) was on October 24, 2002 with Mr. Carlito Bibal, a Devcomm staff, as the first person to wear the mascot.
Palayman started as a humanized rice character for PhilRice’s information materials. He was also known as the Philippine official mascot for the International Year of Rice.
There is a rice deity called Bulul.
Bulul is a carved wooden figure used to guard the rice crop by the Ifugao (and their sub-tribe Kalanguya) peoples of northern Luzon. The sculptures are highly stylized representations of ancestors, and are thought to gain power from the presence of the ancestral spirit.
All over Asia, rice gods or deities are almost always depicted as females or mother figures. The Philippines perhaps, is the only country in the world where rice gods are all males, like the Bulul of Ifugao province.
Eating rice can actually make you happier
Eating something as healthy, delicious and satisfying as rice can typically make you happy because of carbohydrates. But carbs like rice triggers the production of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is also known as the ‘happy hormone’which boosts mood and help reduce your appetite. Of course, rice is also easy to prepare, relatively cheap and nutritionally rewarding. Who wouldn’t be happy about those nutritional facts?
Popular car brands Toyota and Honda are named after rice
Both Toyota and Honda are two Japanese brand cars named after rice. Toyota actually means “bountiful rice field” and Honda means “the main rice field”.
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