|risotto alla milanese with Italian saffron, you can see the short gran rice|
Rice variants cultivated in Piedmont
- our nationally renowned Arborio aka 'riso Italiano di qualità' or Italian highest quality rice, perfect for risottos and soups
- Carnaroli THE short grain Italian rice you can easily find world wide
- Sant'Andrea Piemonte from the Vercelli area, THE European rice capital since Italy, and particularly Piedmont is the top European producer of rice;
- Balilla or Originario because it is the oldest native rice variety cultivated in our region and most Italian traditional rice dishes used to be prepared with this rice while now, this is mostly used for desserts, puddings, and sweet preparations.
- Roma reminding us of the Fascist cultivations
- Baldo an Arborio hybrid together with many other hybrid rices
|Italian short grain white rice: Arborio|
plus the black and red rices! Yes, in Piedmont we might not have wild rice as you know it in your country, but we do have other colorful variants.
|Mole Antonelliana represents Turin and by extension all of Piedmont|
White, brown, black, red rice nutritional differences
White rice is a carbohydrate rich in starch and as such it is similar to a slow absorption fiber. White rice nutrient value depends on the cooking methods. In Italy we tend to boil rice like pasta and all the nutrients fly away...
Wild red and black rice take longer to cook, have a sweet or nutty flavor, the grains don't stick together because the bran keeps them crunchy and separated making them ideal for salads and soups. In short, they are so healthy and good to deserve a post on their own.
Whatever type of rice you love, however you enjoy your rice dishes, if creamy risottos or simple steamed rice bowls instead of bread, here in Piedmont we have a saying:
|the flooded rice paddies in the Vercelli area|
However, rice like wine (chocolate, coffee and tea) have a terroir - they keep the identity of their native soil, and when your menu matches all the original terroirs, all the flavors are enhanced!
So ideally, when in Turin, tasting and buying different local rice grains is a unique culinary experience and interestingly we actually have at least two restaurants specializing in rice and risottos.
Plus being rice gluten-free and easy to digest it does make everyone at the table happy 😊 and to the non-Italians it does give a break from all the pasta.
And actually though 😏 in Italy you'll easily find rice pasta too just in case, you like the shape but need a different flavor or nutrients 😁
|Unesco World Heritage Site: the Roero wine district|
As for the wines, the beers and most of the ingredients, always choose what's made in the area.
Vercelli and Novara are the main rice producing areas, but you can find rice varieties from the Alessandria and Biella area too. Given the large diversity within Piedmont in terms of humidity, altitude, sun exposure and soil composition, as long as you choose a native Piedmont vine, you are guaranteed our local unique terroir.
We must also add, that as the distances are limited, the vineyards are relatively close by the rice paddies and usually neighboring hazelnut groves and surrounded by chocolate makers 😜
From the Alps to our valleys, wherever you'll choose to visit, with us in Piedmont, you'll find natural oases with their unique original wildlife and plants.
In Piedmont, our territory and its fruits are our passions that make our vidaroyal, come join us soon!
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