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History of Rice

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History of Rice Rice: What is it? Rice is monocot plant and an essential staple food, containing high amounts of carbs Bibliography Smith, Bruce D. (1998) The Emergence of Agriculture. Scientific American Library, A Division of HPHLP, New York, ISBN 0-7167-6030-4.
"Rice in India." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=8744:rice-in-india&lang=en>.
"Rice Culture of China." China Through a Lens. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2013. <http://www.china.org.cn/english/2002/Oc
"Rice in China." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=8741:rice-in-china>. Etymology The term "rice" comes from various sources, as it is pronounced almost the same across many cultures and languages. The European roots can be traced to the greek word "oryza." Rice in Cultures Etymology cont. Experts also suggest that the Greek word came from the Sanskrit word "arici." The rice we eat is either the seed of the plants Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice) -Starting in 2500 B.C., rice has been a source of food for people.
-Rice production orginated in China, and was spread to countries such as Sri Lanka and India.
-It is believed that rice was brought to West Asia and Greece in 300 B.C. by Alexander the Great's armies.
History Rice Harvesting Rice Rice in Cultures: INDIA During weddings, the married couple often throws rice on each other. Rice is sacred in Indian culture. In the Hindu religions, the devotees pray for a good harvest of rice to the Lord Indra. Rice is an important staple food in India. It is used in many dishes. There is also much rice harvesting that occurs in India China Rice harvesting dates all the way back to 8000 BC in China. Most of the rice is farmed through irrigation. Since China is the world's largest producer of rice, it is very important to Chinese culture. China was originally built on agriculture. Rice is one of the main crops China produces. The Chinese regard very highly of rice. Many Chinese foods also use rice. History -It is hard to say exactly how rice was brought over to North America. One story says that a damaged ship was forced to dock in the Carolinas. In return for repairs, the captain of the ship gave the colonizers a bag of rice. Another story says that slave brought rice to the Americas.
-Currently 3.3 billion people depend on rice for their main source of food.
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