9 Facts About Rice

1. Rice is grown on every continent on earth, except Antarctica.

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2. Rice is the seed harvested from the long, grass-like stalk of the Oryza sativa plant or the Oryza glaberrima (African rice).

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3. West Ham star Michail Antonio believes Declan Rice would feature for both Ireland or England and empathised with his teammate's 'difficult situation'.

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4. Rice is used as a model organism for investigating the molecular mechanisms of meiosis and DNA repair in higher plants.

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5. Rice is vital for the nutrition of much of the population in Asia, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Africa; it is central to the food security of over half the world population.

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6. Rice is the main export of Thailand, especially white jasmine rice 105.

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7. Rice is the staple food amongst all the ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.

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8. Rice is the major food amongst all the ethnic groups in Nepal.

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9. Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa or Oryza glaberrima (African rice).

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