Pronunciation: [SHEEN-mah]

Japanese "new rice" that's harvested in the early fall. It's sweeter and more tender than regular rice and therefore requires less water and a shorter cooking time. This highly regarded rice is also spelled shinmei.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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