Black rice, also known as “forbidden rice”, is a type of whole-grain rice that is usually black or dark purple in color. It is originally from China and was once reserved only for royalty due to its rarity and high nutritional value.
Black rice is considered a healthier option compared to white rice as it is richer in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins which give it its dark color. These antioxidants are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Black rice has a slightly nutty and earthy flavor and a chewy texture. It can be used in various dishes, such as rice bowls, salads, and as a side dish to accompany meat, fish or vegetable dishes. Black rice can also be used to make desserts such as rice pudding or added to smoothies or breakfast bowls for an extra nutritional boost.