Tilda works diligently to preserve the purity and integrity of Basmati so that consumers can continue to enjoy this rare breed. Nearly a decade ago, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) found that some samples of rice labelled Basmati sold in major retailers were not authentic and had been adulterated.

Basmati is one of only a handful of rices in the world that is internationally traded and sold as a specific variety. Its history can be traced back over two centuries. In the 1920’s plant breeders and research establishments began pinpointing and cataloguing what they termed ‘Pure line’ varieties of Basmati rice by collecting specific traditional landrace (the species that has naturally evolved over centuries) grains and classifying them according to their distinctive properties.

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