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What is Japonica rice and where is it grown?

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Sep 16, 2021
Edited By
Jinwoo Cheon
Sep 16, 2021
Edited By
Jinwoo Cheon
Japonica is a group of rice varieties from northern and eastern China grown extensively in some areas of the world. Japonica grains are short and round, do not shatter easily, and have low amylose content, making them moist and sticky when cooked.

Japonica is a group of rice varieties from northern and eastern China grown extensively in some areas of the world. It is found in the cooler zones of the subtropics and in the temperate zones. The kernel is two to three times longer than it is wide. It is a relatively short plant with narrow, dark green leaves and medium-height tillers. Japonica grains are short and round, do not shatter easily, and have low amylose content, making it moist and sticky when cooked.

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