“I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.” – Mitch Hedberg
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun facts we will look at Rice Pudding.
The Facts: Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and sometimes other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners.
- Rice puddings are found in nearly every area of the world. Recipes can greatly vary even within a single country.
- August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day.
- In Canada and the United States, most recipes have descended from European immigrants. In the latter half of the twentieth century, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American recipes have also become more common.
- In Europe, rice pudding with goat’s milk was first used by the Romans for medicinal purposes.
- Buddhist Sutras state that Gautama Buddha’s final meal before his enlightenment was a large bowl of rice pudding, prepared for him by a girl named Sujata.
- Rice Pudding is the title and subject of a poem by A. A. Milne, in which the narrator professes puzzlement as to what is the matter with Mary Jane, who is “crying with all her might and main/And she won’t eat her dinner—rice pudding again.
- A particular tradition that is often associated with eating rice pudding during the Christmas season is hiding a whole almond in the pudding. In Sweden and Finland, popular belief has it that the one who eats the almond will be married the following year.
- Rice pudding offers more health benefits than other desserts, such as custard or ice cream.
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Rice Pudding.