Rice, right like wheat and sweetcorn, is a cereal and, like all cereals, is mostly made up with starch. Besides starch, a nourishing and easily digestible substance, rice contains proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibres.
All over the world, there are more than 140.000 different varieties or, to be more exact, rice ecotypes; each having different cooking times and tastes.
>> RICE FARMING AREAS <<From asian specie, three subspecies derived:
Indica, from India, is the oldest, it has a long, fine and crystalline grain. Basmati or
american "long grain" derive from this subspecie.