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About Basmati rice Edit
Basmati rice means the queen of fragrance or the perfumed queen. This type of rice has been developed in the foothills of the Himalayas for thousands of years. Its perfume, nut-like essence and aroma can be qualified to the fact that the grain is aged to diminish its moisture content. Basmati is long-grained rice with an excellent texture, is the costliest rice in the world and has been privileged by emperors and praised by poets for hundreds of years. Rice is grown under a damp warm climate. A temperature range of 20 °C to 37.7º C is obligatory for the most advantageous growth of rice. Rice being a semi-aquatic crop matures best under submerged, waterlogged environment. Rice is capable to accept a wide range of soil reactions, but has a predilection of acidic soils. The name Basmati comes since the Hindi language, significance 'Queen of Fragrance'. Basmati rice has been cultivated in India and Pakistan for hundreds of years, although some inferior qualities are now produced in the United States. Due to the high quantity of starch clinging to the rice grains, basmati rice should always be washed before being cooked.