- 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 - 2.2 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 10 reviews Write a review
"Excellent rice! Makes a great paella!"
Susan Southworth - Centreville, VA - Nov 9, 2015
"very good rice for paella at good price. We have been happy with this rice for several years."
SuzanB - Mercer, WI - Oct 23, 2015
"Worth the money. Bought it because it didn't adversely affect my diabetes. If cooking in broth just remember to keep the broth thin and under salted since it absorbs so much more liquid than other rice."
Albert Parker - Broomall, PA - Sep 26, 2015
CAROL STEEL - BETHAYRES, PA - Jul 13, 2015
"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