Rice farming was brought to the wetlands of the Spanish Mediterranean coast by the Arab invasion of 711. Today, Spain is only second to Italy in rice production in Europe. Calasparra is well known in Spain and worldwide and was the first rice to be awarded with the Denomination of Origin, a guarantee of the finest quality.
Calasparra is the quality identification for the southernmost rice growing area between Murcia-which borders in the north with the Valencian community and in the south with eastern Andalusia and Albacete in Castile-La Mancha. There are thousands of rice varieties in the world and they are categorized by grain length. Our Calasparra rice is a short-grained rice. Short-grained rice is also called pearl rice because the center of the grain has a white mark that contains extra starch. The pearl flavors the other ingredients and absorbs the stock.
Bomba is the very best Calasparra from Murcia. The grain is smaller than our other Calasparra varieties, it retains its body and bite while absorbing three times its volume in liquid and expands in width rather than length. More difficult to grow than other varieties, bomba can be hard to find in the U.S. and even in Spain. It might cost a little more, but your paellas will be perfect every time.