When here in the US the two most popular rice dishes are Risotto and Jambalaya. Risotto is actually a famous Italian rice dish and is made with Arborio rice. Arborio rice used to be grown exclusively in Italy and is named for the town of Arborio in the Po valley where it is grown. It is valued for its high starch content and the creaminess it brings to risotto. Arborio rice can absorb a lot of liquid without becoming mushy.
Arborio rice is also perfect for making rice pudding. It retains its chewy texture and is firm even after it is cooked.
When stored in a cool place the Arborio it is supposed to last forever. I know this for a fact because I have it for a long time without any ill effects.
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