Indica rice is usually grown in hot climates. Most of the rice produced in Southern Asia, including Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Southern China
Indica Rice Around the Globe
Indica rice is usually grown in hot climates. Most of the rice produced in Southern Asia, including Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Southern China. Indica rice is fluffy rather than sticky as it is high in amylose. Cultivars of rice that are high in amylose (usually long-grained) do not break down during cooking and retain their shape. Other rice varieties with a high amylopectin content (usually short-grained) break down and become sticky or mushy when cooked. Some medium grains are Japonica/Indica hybrids. Indica rice accounts for more than 75% of global trade.
Indica rice is popularly used in general rice cooking. Indica rice can become transparent and when cooked and is usually served plain. Indica rice is one of the most popular types of rice because of its subtle flavour which perfectly complements both rich and delicate sauces. Indica rice is extremely versatile and is used for many international savoury dishes and is an essential food type in Chinese cooking.
There are over 300 varieties of Indica rice, including long grain white rice. Long grain white rice is the most common type of white rice, the grain is slim and 4-5 times as long as it is wide. When cooking, the grains separate to give a fluffy loose-grain effect.
Indica has broad to narrow, light green leaves and tall to intermediate plant stature, except for the semi-dwarf types. Indica plants tiller profusely.
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