You’ve probably heard of jasmine rice, a fragrant, internationally prized and highly sought-after type of rice. But you may not have heard about Hom Mali, a unique, high-quality jasmine rice grown only in a special region of Thailand.
Jasmine rice is often mistakenly believed to have been named for the scent of the jasmine flower. Actually, “Hom” is a Thai word meaning the true aroma of this famous rice—the unique and subtly sweet pandan leaf, while “Mali” represents the delicate white color of the jasmine flower.
What makes Hom Mali rice so special? This specific variety of rice is so world-renowned that the company owns the patent for it.
Depending on geographical locations, topography, weather patterns and soil conditions, the varieties of jasmine rice grown in different countries yield vastly different characteristics. The growing conditions for jasmine rice are ideal in north-eastern Thailand, where authentic Hom Mali rice is only harvested once a year.
In the US, the majority of jasmine rice is harvested from Texas and Florida. Due to its geographical location, the aroma of the rice grown in these states are less fragrant and nutty—confirming the effects of soil conditions and climates in different countries.
In Hong Kong, where people are very selective about their rice, people display a strong fondness towards jasmine rice grown in north-eastern Thailand.
Jasmine rice is a form of long-grained rice that is highly nutritious, including vitamins such as B1, B2, B6 and E. Brown jasmine rice is more fibrous in comparison to white rice and can prevent constipation and benefit digestive complications by assisting in moving food quickly through the gastrointestinal tract. In its natural form, rice is gluten-free and is therefore a safe choice for celiacs and those who are gluten intolerant.
Hom Mali rice is low-fat, low in protein and is sodium and fat free, and therefore is an important part of a diet for those suffering from kidney or liver problems. It is also a complex carbohydrate, meaning the grain turns to glucose to provide quick yet lasting energy to the body.
One cup of white jasmine rice contains:
• 4g of protein
• 45g of carbohydrates (approx.)
• 0.44g of fat
• 4.2g of protein
• 19mg of magnesium
• 68mg of phosphorus
• 205 calories (approx. 10% of daily calorie intake, with diet of 2000 calories)
Foods that are white in color also include eight amino acids that are essential for the body to maintain functional muscles and a healthy metabolism. Everyone, especially those who live an active lifestyle, can benefit greatly from rice consumption.
Hom Mali Rice Certificate
Due to the rising global popularity of jasmine rice, be sure to be on the look out for the Department of Foreign Trade’s Thai Hom Mali Rice certificate when you are buying Hom Mali rice. There are many varieties of jasmine rice that don’t have as many benefits. The highly nutritious and delicious Hom Mali rice has been available to the global population for half a century.