What is Black Rice?

Also know as purple rice

Black rice is a cultivated variety of Asian rice, Oryza sativa. It has a deep black colour and turns purple when cooked. The purple colour is due to plant pigments known as anthocyanins, also found in blueberries. The flavour is mild and nutty. Black rice is used or dessert, and for Chinese black rice cake.

There are several cultivated varieties of black rice including the Indonesian black rice, Philippine balatinaw rice and Thai jasmine black rice.

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There are only two species of cultivated rice in the world, the African rice, Oryza glaberrimagrown in West and Central Africa, and the Asian rice, Oryza sativa L., grown worldwide. The genus Oryza comprises about 20 wild species, distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics.

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Nutrition Facts of Black Rice

100g (3.5oz) Black Rice provide 150 calories and contains the following:

  • Fat: 0g (saturated 0g, trans, 0)
  • Cholesterol: 0g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrate: 36g (sugar 0g, Fibre 2g);
  • Protein: 3g;
  • Recommended Daily Allowance. minerals (RDA): Iron 2% and Calcium (0%); Vitamins 0%  (Bulk Barn)

How to Cook Black Rice

For every cup rice add 1¾ cup water, bring to the boil and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. One cup yields 3 cups cooked rice,


Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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