What is it?
Known as “forbidden” rice because it was originally served only to the emperors of ancient China and forbidden to their subjects, this unmilled, medium-grain rice comes from northern China’s Zhejiang province.
Chinese black rice is an incredibly nutritious rice, high in fiber, antioxidants, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It has a tender, slightly chewy texture and subtle sweetness with notes of chocolate make it a good choice for both sweet and savory dishes.
It gets its deep black-purple color and slight sheen from its bran layer; the interior of the grain is white. It cooks relatively quickly for an unmilled rice.
Don’t have it?
Use Thai black sticky rice or medium-grain brown rice.
How to store:
Keep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
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