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Basmati, is a small long-grained variety of rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour. The name Basmati comes from the Hindi language, meaning 'Queen of Fragrance'. Basmati rice has been cultivated in India and Pakistan for hundreds of years, although some inferior qualities are now produced in the United States. Due to the high amount of starch clinging to the rice grains, basmati rice should always be washed before being cooked.
In the year 2000, the American corporation RiceTec made an effort to patent Basmati rice and trademark the name. The Indian government intervened, however, and the attempt was thwarted. Meanwhile, the European Commission has agreed to protect basmati rice under its regulations pertaining to geographical indications.
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