History of Basmati Rice
From approximately over 1400 varieties of rice across the globe, “Basmati” is the best of them. “The finest rice is from Pakistan whatever the brand name.” Pakistan is the producer of the world’s finest long grained aromatic basmati rice. The word Basmati is derived from 2 Persian words, Bas meaning “aroma” and Mati meaning “Princess/Queen”. Basmati, the king of rice, is held in the highest regard world over. Among all the other varieties of rice, none have the distinctive long grains or the subtle aroma for which this grain is considered so special. This also justifies the premium this rice commands against all other rice of the world. It takes birth in the most fertile valleys and plains of Pakistan. It is harvested by hand with delicate care, aged to perfection and then processed. The result is an extra long, pearly white, delicate grain with an irresistible aroma and delectable taste bringing alive an age of nawabs and emperors, glittering courts and legendary chefs. Rice is one of the three crops on which the human species largely subsists. It is claimed to be the world’s favorite cereal. As a main source of nourishment for over half the world’s population, rice is by far one of the most important commercial food crops. Its annual yield worldwide is approximately 535 million tons. Rice production is so important to Asian cultures that oftentimes the word for rice in a particular Asian language also means food itself.