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In an attempt to explain Spock's ears to a 20th century New York City police officer who had never seen a Vulcan before, Kirk claimed that Spock got them caught in a "mechanical rice picker" as a child. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")
At the wedding of the biomimetic duplicates of B'Elanna Torres and Tom Paris, those attending threw rice over the couple as per certain Earth customs. Neelix was perplexed that the rice was not meant to be cooked. (VOY: "Course: Oblivion")