Do you know what real rice looks like?
On any day, you can easily choose to eat fried Chinese-style fried rice. Or, for a special meal, you can go to a Korean restaurant that serves white rice and small side dishes, or go to sushi place for sashimi and a crispy rice dish. These are all delicious treats. What makes up all of these dishes is actually very small grains of rice. The question then becomes, do you know that there is an amazing story behind each little grain of rice?
A plant that has grown on Earth since before the Common Era (CE). A crop with a sacred meaning. The world's leading food resource. These bits of trivia about rice highlight the deep history and symbolism of rice.
Rice originated in Cheongju, Korea, in the year 13,000 BCE. Various paleolithic artifacts related to rice have been unearthed, leaving a clear mark. Rice grew well in a warm climate but was quickly adaptable to climate change, spread widely over time and has fed humanity for a long time.
The status of rice was as significant in the past as it is today, when the variety and importance of crops were different. It was used as a tribute for the gods. Grains firmly formed at the end of golden-ripe rice and white and translucent rice grains without a spot of dirt were suitable offerings made to a higher power. In many parts of the East, in ancient and medieval times, rice was used as an offering made to mystical powers, either as plain rice, or after fermentation and distillation as rice-based alcohol, or cooked and ground rice cakes.
The historically significant rice plant has multiple health benefits for people according to science. Rice is rich in nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamin B, as well as the carbohydrates necessary for active physical activity. Rice, with an estimated global grain production of 512.1 million tons in 2019/20, is one of the world's top three crops used as a staple food, along with corn and wheat.
On the other hand, rice is also a crop that likes to leave its mark. When you wash rice with water, some nutrients are dissolved in the process. This so-called “rice water” (ssal-deu-mul in Korean) contains not only carbohydrates, but also dietary fiber, vitamins, and starches. Long ago, rice was even used among the Joseon royal family as a ‘beauty water’ to beautify and maintain the fair skin of the royal women. Rice bran, which is removed during the process of peeling the bran off of rice, is also rich in minerals, natural elements, and vitamins A and B. These ingredients brighten up and help moisturize your skin. Cosmetic beauty brands such as XUYONI are providing both traditional and scientific evidence of the characteristics of rice as a cosmetic to make it easier to benefit from the unique beauty benefits of rice.
Rice has been an essential part of our lives for a long, long time and conveys extraordinary meaning. Look around! You may find an amazing tapestry of rice all around.