This is unanimously considered to be the best Italian rice.
It is ideal for the preparation of gourmet recipes and regional specialties. Its large grain and its ability to blend with and enhance the most varied flavours and foods guarantee success when making risottos, timbales and salads. Its acclaimed firmness throughout cooking makes it extremely versatile to use and an excellent choice for special occasions. The farming of Carnaroli rice started in 1945, with the crossing of the Vialone and Leoncino varieties. The province of Pavia has specialised in the cultivation of this species and, still today, more than 60% of Carnaroli is produced there.
The worldwide acclaim generally attributed to Parboiled rice is not just a matter of chance, but due to the many advantages derived from the process known as "parboiling" to which the grains are subjected. This is a "precooking" stage which, by modifying the crystalline structure of the starch, allows salt, proteins and vitamins to work their way through the surface of the grain to the inside. This kind of rice is especially suited to making rice salads because it never overcooks and the grains never stick together. Riso Parboiled is also suitable for making pilaf or oven-baked dishes because it absorbs less fat during cooking and so is easier to digest.
It is a good idea to cook this rice until all the cooking liquid has been absorbed and then let it cool by spreading it out on a clean, cold plate (rather than subjecting it to the thermal shock of putting it under the cold tap).
Vacuum-packing prevents the rice from changing and preserves the colour, flavour and nutritional values of the grain.