Rice has been a staple food for half the world's population for thousands of years and is known as the grain of life. Rice grows in dry and moist soil and is cultivated on all five continents. Basmati rice is a long-grain rice that tastes particularly mild and aromatic. The word basmati means "fragrant" in the Hindu language. Basmati rice is grown at the foot of the Himalayan mountains and is typically used for oriental dishes.