Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 September 2012
The new variety is also good for making dishes such as rice balls, sushi, rice cakes and rice bread, Chang said.
It was developed over a 10-year period by crossbreeding a domestic and a Japanese variety, she said. The "Miaoli 2" variety that was chosen was the one closest in taste to the popular Taikeng 9 rice, she added.
The new rice variety is expected to be more expensive than most other types of rice, debuting at an estimated wholesale price of US$43.4 per 60 kilograms, same as the Taikeng 9, Chang said.
It is expected to hit the market in 2013 and enter mass production within five years, yielding about 6,000 kilograms per hectare, she said.