Black rice, predominantly grown in China, is a rarer and typically more expensive type of rice than traditional white or brown rice. While most agree the rice’s unique flavor and appearance justifies the expense, we’re happy to offer the same rice at low cost to our members.
Nutty, and with a mildly sweeter taste than most rice, this uncommon variety pairs beautifully with nearly all cuisines—notably fish, chicken, pork or stir-fry veggie dishes adding a somewhat floral aroma while making for an attractive presentation with its darker shades of purple.
What’s more, the rice is also known for its nutritional quality, with a level of flavonoid antioxidants comparable to blueberries, and fabled to enrich health and longevity for regular consumers. According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare and nutritious that it was reserved for only the emperors to eat, earning it the name “Forbidden Rice.”
Brought to you by Lotus Foods, and grown organically by small family farms in the Black Dragon River (Heilongjiang) region of China’s sub-arctic Northeast provinces, this once forbidden indulgence is now available (and affordable, at just $4.00 / lb.) at the Coop as an everyday rice with truly remarkable health benefits.