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Rice Facts:

Although rice is produced over vast areas of the world, the physical requirements for growing rice are limited to certain areas. Production typically requires high average temperatures during the growing season, a plentiful supply of water applied in a timely fashion, a smooth land surface for uniform flooding and drainage, and a subsoil hardpan that prevents water loss.

Rice Production Number

Top Counties (5 yr. average)

Rank County Production (pounds) Harvested Acres Yield/Acre (pounds)
1. Wharton 370.6 mil 50,300 7,367
2. Colorado 229.3 mil 31,140 7,363
3. Matagorda 151.4 mil 22,740 6,657
4. Brazoria 104.4 mil 14,480 7,210
5. Jefferson 98.5 mil 18,340 5,372
6. Jackson 94.6 mil 14,080 6,722
7. Chambers 72.5 mil 13,300 5,451
8. Waller 64.5 mil 7,440 8,667
9. Liberty 58.4 mil 10,060 5,805
10. Fort Bend 55.0 mil 7,900 6,962
  Texas Total 1.4 bil 204,200 6,842

Top States (5 yr. average)

Rank County Production (bushels) Harvested Acres Yield/Acre (bushels)
1. Arkansas 10.3 bil 1,553,800 6,605
2. California 4.2 bil 524,400 8,013
3. Louisiana 2.9 bil 517,800 5,621
4. Mississippi 1.6 bil 247,400 6,611
5. Texas 1.4 bil 204,200 6,842
  U.S. Total 21.6 bil 3,241,400 6,674
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why it was a tradition to throw at weddings.
  • Cooked rice swells at least three times its original weight.
  • There are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice said to exist.
  • Honda means “main rice field.” Toyota means “bountiful rice field.”
  • The Chinese word for rice is the same as their word for food.

Rice Nutrition

  • Rice is a complex carbohydrate, which fuels the body.
  • Rice protein, when compared to other grains, is one of the highest quality proteins.
  • Rice has all 8 amino acids, necessary for strong muscles.
  • Rice is also a good source of other essential nutrients – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, iron and potassium.
  • Rice contains NO fat, NO cholesterol and NO sodium.

By Products

The properties of rice make it a highly desirable ingredient in processed foods such as cereals, snack foods, baby foods, frozen dinners, sauce thickeners and other products. Each part of the rice grain has many uses:

  • Rice Husks
  • Rice Bran
  • Broken Rice
  • Rice Flour
  • Rice Milk
  • Rice Pudding
  • Rice Starch
  • Rice Straw
  • Rice used in Beverage Making
  • Rice Paper
  • Rice Glue
  • Rice Cakes
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Rice Soy Milk
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Rice based food products

Did You Know?

Grains of rice in a salt shaker will help keep salt free flowing due to its moisture absorption qualities.

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