Cultivation areas: Italy
Cultivation: Arborio rice is an Italian small grain rice. It is named after the town of Arborio in the Po Valley, located in the mainland of Piedmont in Italy.
Characteristics: Arborio rice is high in amylopectin, a starch found in rice. Because it is less ground than regular long grain rice, arborio retains more of its natural starch content. Cooking rice releases this starch, resulting in a firmer, more chewy and creamier rice compared to other types of rice.