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Semi Brown Calasparra Paella Rice


Semi Brown Calasparra Paella Rice

Perfect for Paella

All Natural

$11.95rc-09 rc-09 rc-09
  • Short grained paella rice
  • Semi-brown, cooks in same time as white
  • Retains shape, absorbs broth
  • Grown in cold mountain water
  • No pesticides or herbicides
  • 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.

To make semi-brown rice, our farmer in Calasparra removes just the outer shell of the rice, retaining much of the nutritional value of brown rice. True brown rice would take twice as long to cook which would not work for paella. So we offer the best of both worlds - many of the benefits of brown rice but the same cooking time as white rice.

Since rice is the bedrock of paella, using top quality paella rice is essential. This special rice has been used for paellas for centuries - producing grains of rice that are al dente, but still filled with all of the flavors of the paella broth.

Calasparra is a spectacular rice growing region where cool mountain water floods fields using a system created by the Romans. The result is rice ideal for paella, able to absorb all the delicious flavors of the broth without breaking down. Normal brown rice will break apart and create a mushy paella, while Calasparra semi brown rice retains its shape and texture.

Calasparra rice is grown in cold water conditions which means the rice takes much longer to mature. The result is a much harder, more dehydrated rice that can absorb much more broth and still stay al dente. And the rice is the key ingredient to paella - a reason why many paellas are called 'arroces' in Spain. Other short grained rice will not work for paella - Arborio is bred to be creamy, while Asian short grained rice is sticky.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating from 13 reviews
  • "Great rice for paella."

    Elaine - Mountain View, CA October 2017

  • "Great flavor, with advantages of brown rice"

    bfg - Wilmington, NC April 2017

  • "This rice is an excellent choice for paella and the price and quality are great."

    Mr. - Mifflinburg, PA November 2016

  • "Great product!"

    Margaret - Rhinelander, WI May 2016

  • "I have always used calasparra rice for paella."

    Leo - Irving, TX February 2016

  • "I love the taste of this rice. Everyone I serve it to loves it as well."

    REBECCA - FOUNTAIN INN, SC December 2015

  • "Excellent rice, just perfect for my paella. "

    Shirley - Austin, TX July 2015


  • "Like having a slightly more healthy version to use in my rice dishes. This is a great option"

    Mary - New York March 2013

  • Jim - Wichita March 2013

  • Joe - Dublin, Ohio January 2013

  • "This is a great tasting short grain rice that absorbs flavors well"

    Sandra - Tulsa, Oklahoma January 2013

  • "This rice is wonderful. It works exactly as white Calasparra rice but with added fiber and nutritional benefit. I've used it for paella, arroz al horno, and arroz caldoso."

    David - March 2012

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