Acquerello Carnaroli Rice
Dear friend of Gourmet Delights,
"Acquerello is the Rolls Royce of rice." - Alain Ducasse
"Acquerello is one of the very last authentic products." - Frédy Girardet
Acquerello is the rice grown, aged, whitened, and packed in Italy on the Colombara farm by the Rondolino family. It is the ultimate rice: first the unhusked rough rice is aged to perfection for at least one year, then it is whitened slowly using an exclusive method, and finally it is restored with its most precious element, the embryo or germ. The re-enrichment of the refined rice with its germ restores the most valuable nutrients of brown rice.
Known as the "king" or the "caviar" of Italian rices, Carnaroli is the preferred risotto rice in most regions of Italy. Acquerello Carnaroli rice is classified as "Extra rice" for its quality. In order to preserve its characteristics perfectly, Acquerello rice is vacuum sealed in unique enameled tins.
Carnaroli rice keeps its shape better than other forms of rice during the slow cooking required for making risotto. For instance, Arborio rice is widely available, and sometimes suggested, for risotto. We are not fans of Arborio for risotto. Compared to Arborio, Carnaroli rice has a smaller grain size, and higher starch content. This means Carnaroli can absorb larger amounts of liquid, and thus flavor, from the wine and broth, without overcooking. So your risotto is more flavorful when you use Carnaroli rice. Also, the higher starch content in Carnaroli rice guarantees an ultra-creamy texture that is the hallmark of a superior risotto.
Acquerello's grains stay perfectly intact, absorb flavors exceptionally well, do not bind together, and do not lose starch, proteins, or vitamins. Therefore your risotto is fully consistent, tasty, creamy, and not sticky. Acquerello risotto will always be outstanding.
Acquerello is used in the finest restaurants around the world:
The French Laundry, USA (Thomas Keller)
Osteria Francescana, Italy (Massimo Bottura)
Troisgros, France (Michael Troisgros)
The Fat Duck, England (Heston Blumenthal)
Once you have tried it, you will never look back!
The one year aged Acquerello is only $16.75, and the rare and fabulous 7 year aged Acquerello is only $29.95. Both come in 500 gram (1.1 pound) enameled metal tins.
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