arborio rice [ahr-bawr-ee-oh, ‐bohr – rahys] noun
A short-grained, high-starch Italian rice use to make classic risotto. Arborio rice is named after the town of Arborio in the Po Valley, where it is grown. It is also now cultivated in California and Texas. In the image, Arborio is on the right, long-grained white rice is on the left.
- The short grains retain firmness and chewiness while also producing a creamy consistency due to the starch, perfect for risotto and rice pudding.
Image: Peter Muka