Valencia and Rice Go Way Back!
To many people, Valencia is synonymous with rice and with Paella… and for good reason. After all, the Moors brought rice to Valencia from the Far East way back in the 8th century. Without doing the math, I can tell you that is a very long time ago!
Bomba is the Bomb!
Let’s take the classic Paella as an example. The best Paella is made with Bomba rice, a rice that can absorb up to three times its volume in broth. Just imagine that mighty little grain of rice sucking in all of that rich broth and transforming itself into a tasty morsel just for you. And it still maintains its granular shape, never getting sticky like Chinese rice or mushy like Arborio rice. Bomba rice has been bred over the centuries to be the perfect rice for Paella. What a destiny.
What makes Paella and other rice dishes so special? It may be the low shallow pan in which the dish is cooked, allowing for slow simmering and caramelized flavor. Or it could be the Socarrat, the crispy bits that appear like magic at the bottom and along the sides of the pan. Some Valencianos believe that a perfect paella cannot be made without water from Valencia, so they take it with them wherever they go, kind of like Hindus with water from the Ganges.
Perfect for Families, Friends and Celebrations
Paella is perfect for the coming holidays. In Spain, families and friends will gather to enjoy each other’s company and share stories over a dish of Paella. Why not start a new tradition of Paella with your family and friends this year?