This is a early maturing variety collected in Sweden in 1980 and donated to the USDA GRIN from the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry. I am still trying to track down more historical data on this cultivar and will update this page with any new information.
Nigro Apiculata is a nearly awnless, medium grain upland variety that began flowering 47 days from transplanting in late May. The earliest maturing panicles were harvested on August 14th (84 days from transplanting). The plants reached 3 foot in height and had minimal issues with lodging. The yields were average at 6 pounds of paddy per 100 square foot bed (approx. 100 plants).
I cooked pearled Nigro Apiculata and found it to be surprisingly delicious for such an early maturing variety. Not aromatic at all, but the flavor and texture were quite good. Surprisingly, the individual grains flaked apart nicely and were only slightly sticky. This would be a good “all purpose” early medium grain rice for recipes like fried rice and spanish rice. I consumed this with nothing more than a little salt and it was perfect.