'Forbidden Rice' is a Nutritious, Ancient Grain from China

Forbidden Rice Most people think that rice mostly comes in white, sometimes brown when it is whole grained. But another kind of rice, called by the ancient Chinese forbidden rice, comes in a purplish-black color and is an ancient grain  prized...

Forbidden Rice
Forbidden Rice

Most people think that rice mostly comes in white, sometimes brown when it is whole grained. But another kind of rice, called by the ancient Chinese forbidden rice, comes in a purplish-black color and is an ancient grain  prized in our time, according to Wise Geek. Forbidden rice or Chinese black rice retains the bran hull that is usually shucked away during processing. The bran hull contains a variety of nutrients that has made forbidden rice a favorite among the health conscious and foodies alike.

Forbidden rice has a great deal of dietary fiber, Vitamin E, antioxidants, and minerals such as iron that are necessary for human health. Because the outer husk is kept, soaking and then cooking the rice is a time-consuming process. The rice assumes of nutty flavor when it is fully cooked. It is used in a variety of recipes that more conventional rice is used in, particularly pudding.

The dish is called Forbidden Rice because it was so prized only Chinese emperors, and their honored guests were allowed to partake of it, on pain of death. The alternate story suggests that the Macedonians outlawed the rice when they conquered the Persian Empire on the theory that its nutritional value was of benefit to their enemies. Most historians believe that the former explanation is the most likely.

Forbidden rice is not grown on a large scale in modern agriculture. but can be found in health and organic food stores and Asian markets.

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