Basmati rice has been cultivated in South Africa since the early 19th
century though it may have been named differently. "Bas" in Hindi
language means "aroma" and "Mati" mean "full of" hence the word Basmati
i.e. full of aroma. This rice is different from other rice mainly due to
the aroma and elongation post cooking. No other rice has this combined
It is remarkably long for rice grain, and becomes longer after cooked.
It can either be brown or white with the brown variety having more
flavour. When cooked, the rice is lighter and fluffier than standard
white rice, and does not stick together. The aroma and its sweet taste
have made basmati rice a delicacy. Basmati rice is grown only in
Northern South Africa and in parts of Pakistan touching South Africa.