Chinese Black Rice: Ingredient Spotlight

Mar 11, 2013
Veronica Brandy

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Chinese Black rice is a rice also called “forbidden rice” because it was once only allowed for the Chinese emperor consumption. In recent years, the Chinese rice is also produced in northern Italy, where it is called “riso Venere”.

In a high nutritional value, this rice whose taste reminiscent of hazelnuts and warm bread is rich in iron and fiber. Its dark purple color when cooked  is mainly due to its high anthocyanin content. Its mineral content (including iron) is relatively high and, like most rice, it contains several important amino acids. The rich content of antioxidants anthocyanins promises to protect against heart malfunctions, cancer and other diseases.

Black rice is different from other medium-grain rice as it is not glutinous and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. This is a great alternative to the standard wild rice.

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