November as stipulated in Proclamation 524 issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in January 2004 is the National Rice Awareness Month. Kung kaya’t here’s some rice trivia’s for you.
Did you know?
- That 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.
- 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.
According to data from beer brewers, rice is the second most widely used adjunct (any unmalted grain) material in the United States in producing light-colored beers. The adjunct is used as a cheaper source of carbohydrates that brewers convert into sugar.
- The flag of Myanmar (former Burma) is known for its uniqueness because it is the only national flag in the world where a cogwheel containing a stalk of rice is found.
- China is the world’s largest producer of rice, while Thailand is the world’s largest exporter. However, it is claimed that the yield per acre of a rice field in Bali, Indonesia is about the highest in the world.
Ever thought of the world’s largest rice mill? It is owned and operated by the Riceland Foods cooperative in Jonesbro, Arkansas.
- The smallest card ever made where a grain of rice was inscribed with Christmas greetings was perhaps the one sent to Edward VII of England in 1929.
The grain bore the inscription: “To his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Sincere Christmas Greetings, From the Joseph G. Gillott Pen Co., London, England, Season 1929.”
- In 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the first Filipina to receive the Ceres Medal of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for her efforts in agriculture modernization.
- 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.