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Chinese Black Rice: Chinese Black Rice ( aka Forbidden Black Rice ) is a medium grained glutinous rice. The name Black Rice comes from it's dark color when raw, it takes on a dark purple color when cooked. Black Rice is different from purple sticky rice, it is not as sweet, although still sweeter than most rice varieties. Black rice can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It was once known as Emperor's Rice because it was only served to Chinese Emperors and was forbidden elsewhere. Black rice is now widely available, and even noodles made from black rice are available today. High in fiber, texture, and with a nutty flavor, black rice makes a great rice pudding, and is used in other sweet dishes. Popular in Indonesia and Thailand, it is not generally used as the main starch in a meal. Black rice cooks in about 30 minutes and will turn the cooking water a deep burgundy color, exposing it's real colors.
Also known for it's health benefits, black rice was favored by Chinese Emperors as a tonic. High in fiber and minerals, black rice has more vitamins, minerals and fiber than regular rice varieties. It's black color is not artificial, the plant has distinctive black tops which stand out from traditional rice paddies. There are records of black rice being grown around 150 BC, and it is considered lucky as well as nutritious, seeing black rice is an indication that your day will be successful. Black rice has experienced times when it nearly disappeared because of the popularity of white rice varieties, but a resurgence in popularity has brought new life to this ancient and venerable grain.
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