Arborio Rice is renowned for its firm bite and creamy consistency. It is highly absorbent, making it ideal for combining with flavors in risotto. We source exceptional, high-starch, pearly white short grains of arborio rice.
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Heat 4 cups stock to a simmer. Saute 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 cup onion in 1 TBSP oil for 3 minutes, add 1 cup arborio rice, cook 1 minute, add 1/2 cup white wine. Ladle in hot stock one cup at a time, stirring constantly on low heat until rice is cooked. Stir in 2 TBSP butter, 1/2 cup parmesan, and season to taste.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Arborio is a Japonica cultivar of the rice variety Oryza sativa. Named for a town in its historical growing region in Northern Italy, Arborio is a plump, oval-shaped, short-grain variety of rice. Prized for its high starch content and ability to absorb the flavors it is paired with, Arborio is primarily used in the Italian dish risotto.
Rice was introduced to Europe from Asia thousands of years ago, most likely as a result of trade. While ancient Greeks and Romans did not consume rice as food, it was used medicinally as a treatment for intestinal ailments. By 1533 Venetian law ended an excise tax on rice, which was previously categorized as an exotic spice. Rice production increased significantly in Northern Italy thanks to a climate and geography perfectly suited for rice production. By the turn of the 20th century, Italy was Europe's leading rice producer— just as it is today.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the first Americans to bring Arborio to the newly-independent United States. During his time as ambassador to France, Jefferson ventured to northern Italy. Despite laws prohibiting “the exportation of rough rice on pain of death," he stole an iron tooth from a rice pestle and stuffed his pockets with of unhusked rice grains. The grains eventually made their way to the colonies and to Jefferson's own estate, where they were planted without success.
As international travel became accessible to more Americans in the 20th century, demand for Arborio rice grew. Finally, restrictive trade laws were lifted in the late 1970's and early 1980's, allowing for the import of specialty foods from Italy. Today Arborio is grown domestically in several states.
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