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Rice has been cultivated in Pals since the 15th century, most probably having been brought to the region by Arabs from Valencia. In the late 18th century landowners tried to clamp down on rice cultivation in an attempt to eradicate the diseases that it entailed at the time. It was not until 1900 that permission was granted for it to be planted. The unique climate in the rice growing region of Pals gives rise to a high quality end product. It enables the grain to mature for longer than in areas with a lower latitude, making it more resistant when cooked.

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More information:

http://www.gastroteca.cat/en/product-details/pals-rice/
http://www.arrosdepals.com/index.php/en.html
http://www.arrosestanydepals.cat/quisom%20gb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pals

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