Close-up of grains of arborio rice

Arborio rice

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The high starch content of arborio rice makes it the ideal choice for creamy risottos. Find out how to store this variety of rice, and alternatives to try.

The high-starch kernels of this northern Italian-grown grain are shorter and plumper than any other short-grain rice. When cooked the grains become soft in texture with a chalky centre. Arborio is traditionally used for risotto because during the cooking process some of the starch from the rice is released and creates the desired creaminess.



Widely available in supermarkets and delis, sometimes labelled simply as ‘risotto rice’. If unavailable, try Carnaroli risotto rice.

Store it

Once a packet has been opened, store it in an airtight container. If you bought your rice in a sack, store it in a clean, dry container with a lid.


Cooked rice should be refrigerated between 4°C and 8°C and eaten within 48 hours.