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Calasparra Paella Rice by Peregrino

Calasparra Paella Rice by Peregrino

Mountain Grown, Super Absorbent

All Natural

  • Each bag makes over 13 cups cooked rice
  • Organic short grain rice, D.O. Calasparra
  • Very absorbent, good for sauces & broths
  • 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 even more of the tasty sauces and flavors of paella broth and other Mediterranean recipes.

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

Calasparra Rice is grown 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!

Both our Bomba and Calasparra rice grown in the D.O. Calasparra region are totally free of all pesticides, herbicides, etc. No chemicals of any kind are added during processing. Each bag is individually numbered at the farm.

(We may substitute products of equal quality for those shown in photo.)

Customer Reviews

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    "This was a terrific paella rice. "

    Rob - New Bern, NC - Jan 20, 2018

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    "Made an excellent paella!!"

    Germaine - Hillsborough , NJ - Sep 17, 2017

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    Susan Myers - Clayton, OH - Jul 8, 2017

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

    William fallon - Orlando - Jul 7, 2017

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    "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 - Jul 7, 2017

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    "Excellent product!"

    Martey C - Geigertown, PA - Jan 29, 2017

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

    Edith Ward Pradera - Citronelle - Nov 14, 2016

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    "Outstanding "

    william kirkland - killeen, TX - May 15, 2016

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    "what a beautiful texture"

    Peggy Ruddy - Winsted, CT - Apr 24, 2016

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    "made a perfect paella "

    Cynthia Gonzales - Manassas, VA - Feb 14, 2016

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    "Perfect, every time!"

    Donald Hutcherson - Bohemia, NY - Jan 31, 2016

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

    Brian Wright - Monroe, VA - Jan 17, 2016

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    "Love this product!!!"

    Inez Martinez - Indianapolis, IN - Jan 12, 2016

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


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    "Excellent rice! Makes a great paella!"

    Susan Southworth - Centreville, VA - Nov 9, 2015

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

    SuzanB - Mercer, WI - Oct 23, 2015

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    "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 Parker - Broomall, PA - Sep 26, 2015

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    "Simply delicious!"

    CAROL STEEL - BETHAYRES, PA - Jul 13, 2015

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    "Simply put: the best rice on earth!"

    Raphael - May 17, 2010

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    "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 - Feb 21, 2010

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

    Judy - Sep 11, 2009

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

    Daniel - Sep 4, 2009

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    "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 - Jul 23, 2009

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    "Excellent product, well packaged."

    Patrick Querry - Aug 19, 2008

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