Sticky rice, also known as glutinous rice or sweet rice is an extremely popular type of rice eaten all over Asia, particularly for desserts. Often misconstrued to contain gluten due to its nickname of glutinous rice, sticky rice does not in fact, contain gluten. Its origins are debated among Asian nations, many believing its roots are traced back to China over two thousand years ago.
A short-grain rice, varieties of sticky rice can be found exported from numerous Asian nations, the famous ones being predominantly from Thailand, Laos, China and Japan. Bags of sticky rice are easily found in Asian markets with one of the aforementioned nicknames highlighted. The common types of sticky rice are white, though black and purple are also gaining popularity in recent years.