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What is glutinous rice?

Glutinous rice (Oryza sativa var. glutinosa; also called sticky ricesweet rice or waxy rice) is a type of rice grown mainly in Southeast and East Asia, Northeastern India and Bhutan which has opaque grains, very low amylose content, and is especially sticky when cooked. Sticky rice is also high in dextrin and maltose. There are different varieties of sticky rice—from long-grain to short-grain and white to purple. It is widely consumed across Asia.

It is called glutinous (Latin: glūtinōsus) in the sense of being glue-like or sticky, and not in the sense of containing gluten (which it does not). While often called sticky rice, it differs from non-glutinous strains of japonica rice which also become sticky to some degree when cooked. There are numerous cultivars of glutinous rice, which include japonicaindica and tropical japonica strains.

Published Date: August 26, 2023

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