A grain of rice by any other name...
By Samantha Kett PEGO-STYLE rice bearing Dénia's name instead is not designed to compete with the version grown in the Marjal, insist its distributors.
In fact, it also comes from the Marjal – and is packaged in Pego.
The short-grain rice used in local paella variations such as arroz a banda, grown in the marshes on the Pego-Oliva border, is known as Bomba rice, and the town where it originates has always been the only one to be used as a brand name for it.
But now, Arroz Bomba Pego will be joined on the shelves by Arroz Bomba Dénia.
It will hit the shelves in spring, says the firm Explotaciones Agrícolas PegoFruta, S.L .
According to the company director, Curro Ruiz de la Torre, Arroz Bomba Dénia is not there to tread on Pego's toes.
“Dénia and the Marina Alta are culinary tourist attractions, so they need content,” Ruiz de la Torre explains.
“Linking this type of rice to Dénia, which is a UNESCO Creative Culinary City, gives it extra kudos.”
The firm has been planning the product launch for over four years, when it decided to convert 452 acres of orange groves on the edge of the Marjal into paddy fields.
Now, 90% of the plot has been adapted for growing rice, says Ruiz de la Torre. GUARDIA Civil shot an aggressive American Pit Bull Terrier that had killed another dog at a rural home in Crevillente last Monday.
According to a spokesman for the force, the animal entered a neighbour’s property through a hole in the wire fence, then got into a fight with the owner’s Weimaraner.
The owner was unable to separate them and called the emergency services because the other dog was so aggressive. When the officers arrived the pit bull had immobilised the Weimaraner with its jaws locked around its neck.
Local police, Guardia Civil and a member of the municipal stray animal collection team tried to calm it down, without success.
“When they advanced to try to catch it, the dog launched a ferocious attack against them, so there was no other way to subdue the animal but shoot it,” said the spokesman, noting that the other dog was already dead from its injuries.
The Guardia Civil found that the pit bull did not have an identification microchip but their investigation managed to locate its owner.
The suspect is accused of animal abuse and also faces numerous fines for breaking the legislation on keeping potentially dangerous breeds of dog such as this one.