It has a starchy taste and blends well with other flavours. Arborio rice is often used to make risotto and rice pudding.
Arborio rice is short, fat, and slightly oval-shaped with a pearly white exterior. The process of releasing starch is key to arborio's creaminess, and it's a process that only happens if it's cooked slowly with a hot liquid added a little bit at a time and stirred continuously. A pound of arborio rice can absorb up to 6 cups of liquid without becoming mushy.