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ITALIAN RICE VARIETIES: DISHES, RECIPES, BUY ONLINE

Italian rice varieties are appreciated in Italy and abroad.
In Italy different varieties of rice are cultivated, and for some types of rice, such as the Vialone Nano, Arborio and Carnaroli, Italy is the only world producer.
Italy is the leading European country for rice-growing areas (about 50% of the European total) and rice production (still around 50% of the European total).
The other European producing countries are Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

ITALIAN RICE VARIETIES

In Italy different types of rice are grown, different varieties of rice. Furthermore, for some types of rice, such as the Vialone Nano, Arborio and Carnaroli varieties, Italy is the only world producer.
The most cultivated varieties of rice in Italyare those suitable for risotto, which occupy about 36% of the cultivated area; then there are round grain rice varieties (30%), A long grain rice varieties to produce parboiled rice (15%), Indica rice varieties (15%). Finally there are medium grain rice varieties (4%); with the exception of Vialone Nano, medium grain rice varieties are not grown much in Italy (they are cultivated mainly in Spain, for Paella).
Some varieties grown in Italy are:

  • Maratelli
  • Rosa Marchetti
  • Venere
  • Gigante Vercelli
  • Carnaroli
  • Ribe
  • Arborio
  • Vialone Nano
  • Sant’Andrea

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ITALIAN RICE VARIETIES AND TRADE NAMES

The trade names for Italian rice do not always correspond to a single agronomic variety.
In fact, some agronomic rice varieties with similar characteristics in terms of grain length, width, length to width ratio, consistency of the grain and pearl have been grouped under a single trade name.
However, for the agronomic varieties of rice Arborio, Baldo, Carnaroli, Roma, S. Andrea, Vialone Nano and Ribe, if in the package there is only one agronomic variety and all the indications provided by the law have been followed, then the package can carry the indication ‘classic’ (for example: ‘classic Carnaroli rice’).
Let’s look at the names and characteristics of some of the Italian rices that, like Carnaroli or Roma, can be marketed with the word “classic".

Arborio rice

The following agronomic varieties can be marketed under the trade name Arborio rice:

  • Aleramo
  • Arborio
  • CL 388
  • Generale
  • Telemaco
  • Volano
  • Vulcano

All these varieties of rice have the following characteristics:

  • Length between 7.6 and 7.2 mm
  • Width between 3.2 and 3.4 mm
  • Ratio between length and width between 2.0 and 2.2
  • Consistency (hardness) between 0.65 and 0.80 kg / cm2
  • Very large pearl

If the rice bag contains only the Arborio rice agronomic variety, and all the indications required by the law have been followed, then the rice bag may carry the indication ‘Riso Arborio classico’, which translates ‘Classic Arborio rice’.

Carnaroli rice

The following agronomic varieties can be marketed under the trade name Carnaroli rice:

  • Caravaggio
  • Carnaroli
  • Carnaval
  • Carnise
  • Carnise Precoce
  • Karnak
  • Keope
  • Leonidas CL
  • Poseidone

All these varieties of rice have the following characteristics:

  • Length between 6.5 and 7.0 mm
  • Width between 2.9 and 3.1 mm
  • Ratio between length and width between 2.2 and 2.3
  • Consistency (hardness) greater than or equal to 0.85 kg / cm2
  • Very large pearl

If the rice bag contains only the Carnaroli rice agronomic variety, and all the indications required by the law have been followed, then the rice bag may carry the indication ‘Riso Carnaroli classico’, which translates ‘Classic Arborio rice’.

Vialone Nano rice

The Vialone Nano is the only rice for which only one agronomic variety can be commercialized with that name. The Vialone Nano, therefore, is always ‘classic’.

The characteristics of the grain of Vialone Nano are the following:

  • Length: 5.6 mm
  • Width: 3.3 mm
  • Ratio between length and width: 1.7
  • Consistency (hardness) greater than or equal to 0.96 kg / cm2
  • Very large pearl

S. Andrea rice

The following agronomic varieties can be marketed under the trade name S. Andrea rice:

  • Allegro
  • Andrea

The reference values ​​for the two varieties are the following:

  • Length between 6.2 and 6.7 mm
  • Width between 2.9 and 3.1 mm
  • Ratio between length and width between 2.1 and 2.3
  • Consistency (hardness) between 0.60 and 0.75 kg / cm2
  • Not very large pearl

If the rice bag contains only the S. Andrea rice agronomic variety, and all the indications required by the law have been followed, then the rice bag may carry the indication ‘Riso Sant’Andrea classico’, which translates ‘Classic Sant’Andrea rice’.

ITALIAN RICE VARIETIES TO COOK RISOTTO

Italian rice is often used to prepare risotto recipes.
What is the best Italian rice for risotto?
Risotto is normally considered good when the grains are compact, absorb flavours and are to some extent joined in a ‘cream’ without being stuck together.
The grains of the Italian rice varieties most suitable for risotto have a good amylose content, are not very sticky and have good consistency (hardness).

Among the best Italian rice varieties to make risotto we find:

  • Carnaroli rice. It is often said that it is the best rice to make risotto. In fact, despite being a rather dated Italian rice variety, it has good characteristics for preparing risotto. Find out more about Carnaroli rice
  • Vialone Nano rice, which, despite the small size of the grain, has similar characteristics to Carnaroli in terms of consistency (hardness) and stickiness
  • Arborio rice, that has very large grains, although according to some it has a consistency (hardness) that is a bit too low and an excessive stickiness. The Arborio rice, due to its high sensitivity to diseases and poor productivity, is often replaced by the Volano rice variety.
  • Roma rice, introduced in 1962 at the at the Stazione sperimentale di Risicoltura e delle Coltivazioni irrigue di Vercelli. Its name was given in honor of the capital of Italy
  • Baldo, with a grain similar to Rome, but crystalline
  • Gigante Vercelli rice
  • Razza77 rice
  • Reperso rice, the result of recent research
  • Sant’Andrea rice variety.Sant’Andrea rice is also the typical variety to prepare Panissa, a typical dish from the Vercelli area

ITALIAN RICE FOR RICE SALADS

To prepare a good rice salad it is advisable to choose a rice with good consistency (hardness) and low stickiness.
Among the most suitable types of Italian rice we find the Carnaroli, the Baldo, the Arborio.
We can also choose wholegrain rice types such as Venre rice, wholegrain Ribe or Ermes red rice, also due to the excellent cooking resistance.

ITALIAN RICE TO PREPARE SUSHI

The best rice varieties to prepare Sushi are those indicated by Italian law as ‘riso tondo’, wich translates ‘round rice’.
Round rice is rice with small, roundish grains.
Among the agronomic varieties marketed as round ricewe find, for example, Selenio, cultivated in the provinces of Pavia and Vercelli.
Selenio rice has a short, round, crystalline grain. It is not aromatic, and has a certain stickiness that is useful to make nigiri or to wrap it in the bamboo mat to make rolls.

ITALIAN RICE: MAIN PRODUCTION AREAS

In Italy, rice is mainly grown in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia.
The rice fields of Piedmont and Lombardy make up over 90% of the total Italian area planted with rice. Rice is also cultivated in Sardinia and in other regions – Calabria, Tuscany, Friuli, Sicily -.Both in Piedmont and in Lombardy there are numerous irrigation infrastructures, such as the Cavour Canal, which was built in just three years in the second half of the nineteenth century, and the Ivrea Canal.

ITALIAN RICE AGRONOMIC VARIETIES AND CLASSIFICATION

Within the Varietal Register of the Ente Nazionale Risi for the agricultural year 2018/2019145 Italian agronomic varieties are listed.
The agronomic varieties of Italian rice are broken down as follows:

  • Round grain rice: 34 Italian rice varieties
  • Medium grain rice: 31 Italian rice varieties
  • A long grain rice: 22 Italian rice varieties
  • B long grain rice: 58 Italian rice varieties

 

Round grain Italian rice

Among the varieties of Italian rice indicated within the Varietal Register, 34 are varieties of round-grain rice. Here they are:

  1. Agata
  2. Ambra
  3. Ardea
  4. Aristotele
  5. Arpa
  6. Balilla
  7. Brio
  8. Calliope
  9. Castore
  10. Cellini
  11. Centauro
  12. Cerere
  13. Chinese originario
  14. CL12
  15. CL15
  16. Cleopatra
  17. Cripto
  18. Ducato
  19. Elio
  20. Felix
  21. Filippo
  22. Gageron
  23. Krystallino
  24. Lagostino
  25. martedì Mirai
  26. Perla
  27. Polluce
  28. Selenio
  29. Sfera
  30. Sole CL
  31. Spillo
  32. Terra CL
  33. Virgo
  34. Yume

Italian rice: medium grain rice

Among the varieties of Italian rice indicated within the Varietal Register, 31 are varieties of medium-grain rice. Here they are:

  1. Alpe
  2. Argo
  3. Crono
  4. Eclisse
  5. Flipper
  6. Fuoco
  7. Furia CL
  8. Gilda
  9. Gioiello
  10. Il Cardinale
  11. Il Moro
  12. Karbor
  13. Kolorado
  14. Lido
  15. Limperatore
  16. Maratelli
  17. Edea
  18. Musa
  19. Nero Peppino
  20. Nerone
  21. Nerone Gold
  22. Nuovo Maratelli
  23. Orange Nori
  24. Orione
  25. Padano (Bahia)
  26. Rosa Marchetti
  27. Savo
  28. Tea
  29. Venere
  30. Violet Nori
  31. Wang

Italian rice: A long grain rice

Among the varieties of Italian rice indicated within the Varietal Register, 22 are varieties of A long grain rice. Here they are:

  1. Adone
  2. Aiace
  3. Bertone
  4. Cirene
  5. Egeo CL
  6. Falco
  7. Galassia
  8. Gigante Vercelli
  9. Gloria
  10. Insubria
  11. Iride CL
  12. Kikko
  13. Marchese CL
  14. Pato
  15. Razza 77
  16. RE CL
  17. Reperso
  18. Risrus
  19. Samba
  20. Sanluca (ex Volano Nano)
  21. Solitario
  22. Ulisse

Italian rice: B long grain rice

Among the varieties of Italian rice indicated within the Varietal Register, 58 are varieties of B long grain rice. Here they are:

  1. Achille
  2. Albatros
  3. Apollo
  4. Arianna CL
  5. Ariosto
  6. Arsenal
  7. Artemide
  8. Artiglio
  9. Asia
  10. Brezza
  11. Cassiopea
  12. Cantro
  13. CL 26
  14. CL 28
  15. CL 46
  16. CL 71
  17. CL 80
  18. CL 111
  19. CLXL745
  20. Corimbo
  21. CRLB1
  22. David CL
  23. Delfo
  24. Ecco 51CL
  25. Ecco 61
  26. Ecco 63
  27. Elettra
  28. Ellebi
  29. Emma
  30. Ermes
  31. Fast
  32. Febo
  33. Fiamma
  34. Fragrance
  35. Gange
  36. Gelso
  37. Gemini
  38. Giano
  39. Giglio
  40. Gladio
  41. Iarim
  42. Inov CL
  43. Kemet
  44. Keris
  45. Libero
  46. Mare CL
  47. Mercurio
  48. Mirko
  49. Ninfa
  50. Oceano
  51. Sagittario
  52. Saturno
  53. Scudo
  54. Sirio CL
  55. Sprint
  56. Teseo
  57. Thaibonnet
  58. Urano

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