Cambodian rice beats Hom Mali for top spot

A fragrant rice variety from Cambodia beat Thailand’s Hom Mali rice to win the title of World’s Best Rice 2022 at a global conference on rice held last week in Phuket, the Rice Exporters Association said on Monday.

The winning variety, called phaka lamduan, beat over 20 varieties of fragrant rice in blind tasting during the competition this year because of its stronger fragrance, said Chukiat Opaswong, the association’s honorary president.

The Cambodian rice beat Thailand’s Hom Mali rice by one point for the title. The Thai variety, which hails from the Northeast, came second, followed by a variety from Vietnam and Laos, he said.

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