Jasmine rice (Thai: ข้าวหอมมะลิ; RTGS: Khao Hom Mali; Thai pronunciation: [kʰâːw hɔ̌ːm malíʔ]), sometimes known as Thai fragrant rice, is a long-grain variety of rice that has a nutty aroma and a subtle pandan-like (Pandanus amaryllifolius-leaves) flavor caused by 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline. Jasmine rice is originally from Thailand. It was named as Kao Horm Mali 105 variety (KDML105) by Sunthorn Seehanern, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Chachoengsao Province of Thailand in 1954. The grains will cling when cooked, though it is less sticky than other rices as it has less amylopectin. It is also known as Thai Hom Mali. To harvest jasmine rice, the long stalks are cut and threshed. The rice can then be left in a hulled form and sold as brown rice or shucked and sold as white rice. Most Southeast Asians prefer the white variety of jasmine rice.
Particular varieties of US-grown rice have been found to contain concerning levels of arsenic due to the historical use of arsenic based pesticides in some parts of the country. Rice from Thailand and India contains the least arsenic among rice varieties.
Type of jasmine rice
White jasmine rice
White jasmine rice is white, has a jasmine aroma and, when cooked, a slightly sticky texture. The aroma is caused by the evaporation of 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline. Jasmine rice has omega-3 fatty acids which maintain the brain and prevent Alzheimer's disease. It also has melatonin which helps with sleeping.
Brown jasmine rice
Brown jasmine rice retains the light tan outer layer on the rice grain. It has greater health benefits than white jasmine rice because it still has the bran which has many benefits. Brown jasmine rice has a flavor like oats and contains gamma oryzanol which can decrease cholesterol in blood vessels. Brown jasmine rice has vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B and beta-carotene and it contains antioxidants which support the working of nervous system and help fight cancer.
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