What is Medium Grain Rice?

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When people discuss rice grain, they are referring usually to the length of a typical grain of rice. There are many short grain rice varieties, and long grain ones too. Between short and long grain versions, a variety of medium grain rice types exist.

Typically medium grain rice is slightly wider than long grain rice, but also shorter, about six millimeters per inch is a good average guess. Usually the rice is about three times as long as it is wide; thus width of these grains tends to measure approximately two millimeters. There are several different types of rice that fall into the medium grain classification, not just a single variety. These can vary in taste, so you’ll want to know which type you’re buying in order to serve rice that best complements the meal you are preparing.

The rice types that can be classed as medium grain include:


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