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This rice comes from the Indica variety, and is much longer in size than in breadth. It has a spongy texture and the grains remain loose after cooking. In Spain, as in other European producing countries, the traditional rice is round-grain, but the production of long-grain rice has expanded in recent years to the extent that it is now the main crop in the rice-growing areas of Andalusia and Extremadura. It is mostly exported and is renowned in export markets for its excellent quality.
Long-grain rice is very suitable as a garnish or in salads. This category includes aromatic rice varieties such as basmati and jasmine, which are ideal partners for meat, fish and shellfish dishes.