10 Facts About Rice

Rice is one of the oldest known foods consumed by humans, and there are a lot of interesting facts out there about its history, use and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite facts about rice.

  • Humans have been eating rice for over 5,000 years.
  • Rice farming on a wide commercial basis in Louisiana began in the late 19th century.
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown during weddings.
  • September was established as National Rice Month in 1991 by Congress and the President.
  • After harvest, many rice farmers flood their fields to create a prime habitat for wintering waterfowl.
  • 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri grow over 24 billion pounds of rice in the U.S. each year.
  • 1 cup of long-grain, cooked rice has 206 calories.
  • Rice has always been naturally gluten free.
  • Rice is a great source of natural energy, supplying complex carbohydrates that fuel physical activity.
  • Rice fields can also be used to farm one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies—crawfish.



Robert "Robbie" Trahan

Robbie is the grandson of Edward and Evelyn Falcon, founders of Falcon Rice Mill. He and his sister Christine bought the mill from their parents, aunt and uncle in 2011. He’s proud to be carrying on the family business—Falcon Rice Mill is the only Louisiana rice mill owned and operated by the same family since its founding.

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