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What is Indica rice and where is it grown?

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Sep 16, 2021
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Jinwoo Cheon
Sep 16, 2021
Edited By
Jinwoo Cheon
Indica rice is the major type of rice grown in the tropics and subtropics, including the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Java, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Central and Southern China, and some African countries. Indica rice's grains are long to short, slender, somewhat flat, tend to shatter more easily, and have high amylose content, making it drier and flakier when cooked than Japonica varieties.

Indica rice is the major type of rice grown in the tropics and subtropics, including the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Java, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Central and Southern China, and some African countries. The kernel is four to five times longer than it is wide. When cooked, the rice is fluffy, with separate kernels. Indica plants are tall with broad to narrow, light green leaves. The grains are long to short, slender, somewhat flat, tend to shatter more easily, and have high amylose content, making it drier and flakier when cooked than Japonica varieties. 

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