- 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.
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews
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Mary O Kiely - Portland, OR
"I love this rice!! "
Ron Michels - Livermore, CA
Jon Haniford - Tarpon Springs, FL
NAZLI GHAFOORI - mississauga, ON
"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."
Linda Gradess - Lake Worth, FL
Maria Marty - Peoria, IL
"Excellent product, rice picked up the flavors of the broth and meats beautifully. Nice texture!!
Wonderful delivery process and very well packed."
Pedro Gutierrez - Rockville, MD
Frank Irizarry - New York, NY
Robert Craig - Lehigh Acres, FL
"This was a repeat order. That says everything. Cooks beautifully; makes a wonderful paella."
Lisa Rising - Elgin, Illinois
"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."
Bobby - Frederick, Maryland
Michele - Ewing, New Jersey
"Fantastic rice!! I made my first ever paella last week and having this rice made the dish wonderful!"
Connie from Napa
"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."
"We love this rice. Perfecto para paella...."
"It's a great rice. My husband loves to use this rice to make authentic paella. "
"Simply put: the best rice on earth!"
"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."
"Love the way this rice stands up to paella cooking!"
"Best rice ever, and I am from Spain."
"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."
"Excellent product, well packaged."