A variety of rice that is lightly chewy in texture and nutty in flavor. Also known as "Forbidden Rice".
Thousands of years ago, black rice was deemed "forbidden" because it was saved for wealthy and royal Chinese. Commoners were not allowed to grow or consume this variety, so it became known as a highly prized, rare variety. Rich in antioxidants, this rice actually turns a deep purple once cooked. This slightly chewy ingredient is nutty in flavor like brown rice. "Forbidden rice" is not only fascinating in appearance; it also houses a wealth of health benefits. This whole grain is high in fiber coming in at 2-3 grams per half cup serving. It is best know for its extrememly high level of the antioxidant anthocyanin (found in the grain's outermost bran layer), and the grain's deep purple/black color is representative of this. This antioxidant helps to fight against cancer-causing free radicals and serves as an anti-inflammatory. Vitamin E, another antioxidant, is also found in high amounts in this grain. Black rice is a good source of iron and has one of the highest amounts of protein of all the rice varieties.
Recipes with Black Rice