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Currently there is no option to select textarea as a widget for a long text field in a content type. What solutions are there? And why was this removed as this was in core Drupal 7.
A long textfield is a textarea by default, there's no need to explicity configure it as such. For example here I created a textfield with label "Text" as plain, long:
And this is how it looks in the node/add page:
Required, but never shown