- Each bag makes over 13 cups cooked rice
- Organic short grain rice, D.O. Calasparra
- Very absorbent, good for sauces & broths
- Retains shape, not sticky or creamy
- No pesticides or herbicides used
- Size - 2 x 2.2 lbs/1 kilo
Calasparra Rice is a unique, centuries-old short grain rice with a leisurely maturing process -- 30% slower than other kinds of rice. This longer growing cycle produces kernels that are exceptionally dehydrated - ready to absorb even more of the tasty sauces and flavors of paella broth and other Mediterranean recipes.
Since rice is the bedrock of paella, it is advantageous to use either of the strains of rice grown in Calasparra and not cut corners. They have been used for paellas for centuries -- producing individual al dente grains, swollen with as much good broth as possible.
The problem you run into with substitutes is that the other short-grained strains of rice are designed with other applications in mind: Arborio is meant to become creamy when cooked; Asian rice is meant to be sticky; Basmati is light, aromatic and fragile; and long grain rice (such as Uncle Ben's) is a completely different product with lower absorbency.
Calasparra Rice is grown in the mountains of the Spanish province of Murcia, where it enjoys pure mountain water irrigation, unlike the usual rice fields by the Mediterranean Sea.
The aqueducts delivering water from the mountain streams were first engineered by the Romans, and then improved upon by the Moors over 1,000 years ago!
Both our Bomba and Calasparra rice grown in the D.O. Calasparra region are totally free of all pesticides, herbicides, etc. No chemicals of any kind are added during processing. Each bag is individually numbered at the farm.
Serving size 1/4 cup (45g). Servings per container, about 22. Total fat 0g, Sodium 0g, Potassium 40mg (1%), Total carbohydrate 35g (12%). Protein 3g. Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Customer ReviewsAverage rating from 38 reviews Write a review
"This rice really absorbs liquid well. A well seasoned stock works well with this rice. Came out perfect on the first try."
JULIE - SANFORD, FL - May 11, 2015
Buddy Allen - Missouri City, TX - May 10, 2015
"Always consistent. We have been using this rice for our catering business for several years and it is outstanding in taste and texture. "
Keith Walters - Mount Laurel, NJ - May 3, 2015
"I really liked the quality, taste and also the look. Made great paella with it and it makes such a difference to use the right kind of rice. Love it. "
Cesar - Philadelphia, PA - Mar 24, 2015
"Perfect rice for paella. Excellent quality."
Noel Lopez - McAllen, TX - Mar 1, 2015
"Best ratio of price and finished paella for me."
Moses Botbol - Brighton, MA - Feb 22, 2015
"This rice was great for making paella. It absorbed the broth and flavors nicely and cooked just right "
Julie - FRANKLIN, TN - Feb 16, 2015
sarsh harvey - staten island, NY - Feb 9, 2015
"Finally, true paella rice, worthy of the paella pan I inherited from my mother! Just the perfect texture."
Lynn Buzzerio - Hackensack, NJ - Dec 5, 2014
"best for paellas"
Pedro Ortiz - Forest Hills, NY - Nov 23, 2014
"Excellent and particularly good with jambalayas and other recipes where the rice is cooked right in the mixture."
Elizabeth Z - Troy, New York - Nov 12, 2014
DON HEINEMANN II - MARYVILLE, TN - Nov 2, 2014
"Ordering was simple, good price and delivered quickly. Use it yesterday in Paella, yum, yum. "
GEORGE LOWE - DELRAY BEACH, FL - Oct 26, 2014
"This rice performs wonderfully when cooking Paella!"
Chris C - Joppa, MD - Oct 20, 2014
"The best rice ever"
Bspain - Naples, FL - Jul 6, 2014
"Very good will order again"
RENE' MARTIN - QUINCY, WA - Jul 6, 2014
"A beautiful, tasty rice"
H ANDRES CARRON - MCKINNEY, TX - May 25, 2014
"the best Paella Rice!!!!"
don watkins - Rancho Mirage, CA - May 4, 2014
Edith Ward - Citronelle, AL - Apr 10, 2014
"I love this rice! Excellent for my paella.I also cooked it for everyday food and loved the taste and texture. "
Shirley Halligan - Austin - May 26, 2013
"Haven't had a chance to use this rice yet, but I was running out of my previous supply and have learned that using the correct rice is an important secret of delicious paella."
Marticia Madory - Poughkeepsie, NY - May 19, 2013
"I love this rice!! "
Mary O Kiely - Portland, OR - Mar 24, 2013
Jon Haniford - Tarpon Springs, FL - Mar 3, 2013
"First time making Paella so ordered this rice, all I can say is that was the best Paella ever the whole thing was gone and my guests really enjoyed it."
NAZLI GHAFOORI - mississauga, ON - Feb 19, 2013
"Excellent product, rice picked up the flavors of the broth and meats beautifully. Nice texture!! Wonderful delivery process and very well packed."
Maria Marty - Peoria, IL - Feb 11, 2013
Pedro Gutierrez - Rockville, MD - Feb 11, 2013
"This was a repeat order. That says everything. Cooks beautifully; makes a wonderful paella."
Robert Craig - Lehigh Acres, FL - Feb 10, 2013
"Naturally, the perfect rice for paella. It's not sticky or creamy, and is supremely absorbent while maintaining its shape. Paella is not worth making without the proper rice."
Lisa Rising - Elgin, Illinois - Jan 6, 2013
"Fantastic rice!! I made my first ever paella last week and having this rice made the dish wonderful!"
Michele - Ewing, New Jersey - Aug 29, 2012
"We had a hard time buying this rice as all local stores were sold out. Thanks to La Tienda we were able to try it and now know why it was hard to get - it's the best paella rice we have used."
Connie from Napa - Nov 8, 2011
"We love this rice. Perfecto para paella...."
Mary Cifuentes - Sep 25, 2011
"It's a great rice. My husband loves to use this rice to make authentic paella. "
Alexis - Dec 19, 2010
"Simply put: the best rice on earth!"
Raphael - May 17, 2010
"Not only was this rice perfect in the paella that I made for my family but the recipe I used was from LaTienda...Paella a la Valenciana. Delicious!!! Great texture on the rice. So much better than when I used Uncle Ben's."
MariCarmen - Feb 21, 2010
"Love the way this rice stands up to paella cooking!"
Judy - Sep 11, 2009
"Best rice ever, and I am from Spain."
Daniel - Sep 4, 2009
"If you're going through the effort of making authentic paella, why not use authentic calasparra rice? It's a no brainer. Cooks fast and doesn't gum up."
Joanne - Jul 23, 2009
"Excellent product, well packaged."
Patrick Querry - Aug 19, 2008