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Calasparra Paella Rice by Peregrino


Calasparra Paella Rice by Peregrino

Mountain Grown, Super Absorbent

All Natural

$10.95rc-02 rc-02 rc-02
  • Each bag makes over 13 cups cooked rice
  • Organic short grain rice, D.O. Calasparra
  • Very absorbent, ideal for paella
  • 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 the flavors of paella broth and other Mediterranean recipes.

Since rice is the bedrock of paella, it is advantageous to use 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.

This special paella rice is grown in the small town of Calasparra, 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!

Calasparra rice is grown in the D.O. Calasparra region and is totally free of all pesticides, herbicides, etc. No chemicals of any kind are added during processing.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating from 30 reviews
  • "The best rice for paellas."

    Susana - Fairfax, VA December 2019

  • "A fine product that makes delicious rice dishes, as well as paella. It doesn’t require much water and cooks quickly. "

    Victoria - Somers , NY March 2019

  • "This is the best Spanish rice I have used for paella (or what passes for paella at my house) It needs to be sold in larger bags though because you use one up pretty fast and then have to re-order."

    John - Watseka, IL January 2019

  • "Perfect rice for paella"

    Carlota - Myrtle Beach , SC September 2018

  • "A great product. Great on the side, or mixed in as an ingredient in recipes. "

    John - Cambridge, NY September 2018

  • "This was a terrific paella rice. "

    Rob - New Bern, NC January 2018

  • "Made an excellent paella!!"

    Germaine - Hillsborough , NJ September 2017

  • "Thanks!"

    Susan - Clayton, OH July 2017

  • "This is the best rice to cook a perfect paella...!"

    William - Orlando July 2017

  • "I love the way this rice absorbs the flavors of the paella without getting too soft. I only use this rice when I make paella - it makes a difference!"

    LB - Hackensack, NJ July 2017

  • "Excellent product!"

    Martey - Geigertown, PA January 2017

  • "This rice is better than the Italian rice that you buy in the states"

    Edith - Citronelle November 2016

  • "Outstanding "

    william - killeen, TX May 2016

  • "what a beautiful texture"

    Peggy - Winsted, CT April 2016

  • "made a perfect paella "

    Cynthia - Manassas, VA February 2016

  • "Perfect, every time!"

    Donald - Bohemia, NY January 2016

  • "It always amazes me how different this is from regular rice!"

    Brian - Monroe, VA January 2016

  • "Love this product!!!"

    Inez - Indianapolis, IN January 2016

  • "I love the way it cooks and it tastes great."

    REBECCA - FOUNTAIN INN, SC December 2015

  • "Excellent rice! Makes a great paella!"

    Susan - Centreville, VA November 2015

  • "very good rice for paella at good price. We have been happy with this rice for several years."

    SuzanB - Mercer, WI October 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 - Broomall, PA September 2015

  • "Simply delicious!"

    CAROL - BETHAYRES, PA July 2015

  • katie - May 2010

  • "Simply put: the best rice on earth!"

    Raphael - May 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 - February 2010

  • "Love the way this rice stands up to paella cooking!"

    Judy - September 2009

  • "Best rice ever, and I am from Spain."

    Daniel - September 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 - July 2009

  • "Excellent product, well packaged."

    Patrick - August 2008

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