Rice is eaten around Spain and is grown in the east of the country. Much of it is a medium-grain rice from a Japanese variety. A popular and foolproof variety for making rice dishes is bomba, a variety that absorbs three times its weight in liquid, thus drawing in the flavour of the cooking liquid. A lot of Spanish rice is grown near the town of Calasparra, in the inland region of Murcia. Look for bomba or Calasparra rice in good food stores and delicatessens.
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