Jasmine Rice

Hi, Rachael!!!!

I have to start out by saying that I love you, and I love your shows!

I have a question for you about rice-you used jasmine rice for an orange chicken dish a while back.

Never having tried it, I decided to give it a try.  Well, I’ve not bought another kind of rice since.  It’s fabulous!  Ok, back to the

question…  What makes jasmine rice “jasmine” rice?  Is it infused with something, or is it grown that way?

Thanks so much,


Dear Natalie,

Jasmine rice is a kind of long grain rice, similar to Basmati rice and is typically found in Southeast Asian cooking (ie Indian).  It is very fragrant naturally, nothing has been added or infused.

Long grain rice is long and skinny and falls apart easily, while short grain rice is short and sticky.  There are over 7,000 kinds of rice but the main ones are variations on the long and short grain.  Long grain examples would be Basmati or Jasmine while a short grain rice would be Italian Arborio rice or Japanese rice.

Hope that helps!

-The Cooks

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