Forbidden Black Rice
Black rice is a highly treasured rice variety originating from Asia. It has been said that in ancient China, Black Rice was set aside only for the Emperor and the Royal Family due its superior health benefits. No one else was allowed to eat it without approval from the Emperor. There was life threatening consequences if you were caught without permission. This gave birth to its other name we call it today “forbidden rice”.
Taste and Smell the Goodness
Touch of sweet, magical aromas. Deliciously nutty taste, soft texture and a beautiful deep purple colour that makes it a striking presence in any dish. Once a forbidden indulgence, now wholesome everyday rice paired beautifully with a number of dishes.
Forbidden Black Rice Health Benefits
Black rice is praised globally for its health benefits, which makes it the perfect rice selection for the best health return.
Extremely Rich in Antioxidants
High in Iron
Full of Protein
High in Fibre
98% Fat Free
Low Glycemic Index
Nutrients are lost when the outer layer of any type of rice is removed during the milling process for making white rice. Brown rice and black rice are antioxidant-rich, but only black rice contains anthocyanins, the purple and dark red pigments that colour and add valuable nutrients to blueberries, grapes, blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries and acai berries. Anthocyanin antioxidants are associated with health benefits, such as memory improvement and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer.
One spoonful of black rice bran provide the same amount or more anthocyanins than a spoonful of blueberries according to 2010 study examining the influence of anthyocyanins on some chronic health conditions. The results of this research were published by Zhimin Xu, Ph.D. and presented at the 240th National Meeting of American Chemical Society in Boston. The antioxidants in black rice may help fight heart disease and reduce blood levels of "bad" cholesterol, which is low-density lipoprotein or LDL.
Vitamins, Minerals and Fibre
Black rice is a healthy source of minerals, especially iron. It contains vitamin E and is lower in sugar than berries that have similar phytochemical qualities. Black rice is fibre-rich and nutritionally similar, though not identical, to whole grain brown rice.
"one spoonful of black rice bran contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries and better yet, black rice offers more fibre and vitamin E antioxidants, but less sugar." 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Cooking Forbidden Black Rice
Cooks In 20 - 30 Minutes
Unlike traditional black rice that is commonly soaked overnight and cooked for up to 40 minutes, our Forbidden Black Rice is parboiled (partially cooked) so it requires no soaking and reduces your preparation time while retaining all its natural health benefits.
How To Cook Forbidden Black Rice
1. Add 1 3/4 cups of water to 1 cup (200g) of Forbidden Black Rice. Salt to taste.
2. Bring to boil over high heat. Cover, reduce to simmer covered for 20 - 30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stand covered for 5 - 10 minutes and serve.
Note: Forbidden Black Rice is rice cooker friendly.
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