Novelli Gigante is an “extra-long grain” landrace rice from the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It was entered into the USDA’s NPGS in 1939. I obtained my initial seed from the USDA and this variety was part of my 2019 rice trials wherein early maturing lowland varieties were grown in upland conditions. Novelli Gigante performed well under upland conditions. I did have problems with rodent predation as the crop began to mature in early October. Despite my best efforts to control the problem, in the end I lost 80% of the potential harvest.
Novelli Gigante flowered 77 days from transplanting and reached initial maturity at 130 days from transplanting. It is an awned, long grain rice with brown bran. I grew to 4′ in height with a good amount of tillering and had no lodge issues during periods of heavy rainfall. I would have predicted it’s overall yield to be around 10 pounds of paddy per 100 square foot. This variety was grown in an area of the field that receives mid afternoon shade.