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10 Unique Types of Australian Rice

Updated on October 30, 2012

Do you fancy yourself as someone who is fairly knowledgeable about the different types of rice that are available around the world? Just because you know the difference between short grain and long grain rice or you feel comfortable ordering Basmati in a restaurant doesn't mean that you know all that there is to know about the different types of rice that exist. If you really want to broaden your horizons and challenge yourself on this front then you need to learn about the rarer rice types available in different parts of the world. And you can start with Australia.

Here is an overview of ten different types of rice from Australia that might interest you if you're a rice lover:

  1. Amaroo. This is a medium-grain rice. It is one of the highest-yield Australian rice crops.
  2. Doongara. This is a long-grain Australian rice. It is harder to grow than other types of Australian rice but it is grown there for the specialty rice market. People like it because it's very fluffy, good for nearly all rice dishes and very difficult to overcook. It also has a particularly low glycemic index level so it's a good rice choice for diabetics.
  3. Illabong. That definitely sounds like an Australian name, doesn't it? It's the name of a type of rice that is similar to a better-known rice type called arborio. It grows very well in Australia and therefore is a recommended crop for the country.
  4. Jarrah. This is a medium-grain rice. It has a limited time during which it grows well in Australian weather so it's not as common as some of the other types of Australian rice.
  5. Koshihikari. As the name suggests, this Australia rice is styled similar to Japanese rice. In fact, it was originally created in a Japanese lab in the 1950s by combining two other types of rice together. However, it is now also cultivated in Australia as well as in the United States. It is a short grain rice but it's one of the longest short-grain varieties. It is a sticky rice that is good for making a range of sticky rice dishes including rice pudding and sushi.
  6. Kyeema. This is a long-grain rice. It's narrower and taller than many other rice grains in the world. It is a fragrant or aromatic rice.
  7. Langi. This is a long-grain Australian rice. In fact, it's the largest-selling long-grain rice in Australia. It is a fragrant rice like Kyeema but it is grows better in Australia than Kyeema does so it's more common or popular.
  8. Millin. This is a medium-grain rice. It is also a fragrant rice.
  9. Opus. This is a short-grain rice that is a Japanese-style rice. It is similar to Koshihikari but not quite as popular.
  10. Reiziq. This is a medium-grain rice. It is similar to Amaroo. However it is slightly longer and therefore preferable in some markets.

You might be thinking that you'll never get the chance to try these different rice types since they're made in Australia. However that's not true. Although Australia isn't a large player in the rice market, the majority of what they do cultivate there is actually exported. Although it goes many other places as well, it does come to the United States so you should find it possible to try the different varieties of Australian rice that interest you most.

And what you may discover as time goes on is that Australian rice becomes more and more available. That's because it might be one of the most sustainable rice markets in the world. It is one of the most water-efficient rice markets in the world. And the rice industry in Australia operates without government interference unlike the rice industry in most other countries. As water sources dry up, we may see Australia take a more prominent place on the stage of the rice production business.


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