Black Rice Getting White Hot

Black Rice Getting White Hot

Food & Drink

Black Rice Getting White Hot


By Cari Martens

One of the hot food trends in 2009 continues to be black rice. And why not? The dark grain has a lot going for it: research has shown it to lower cholesterol; it has high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin; it’s ideal for low carb diets; and it looks quite stunning on the plate.

As people in many Asian countries know, black rice contains more nutrients than either the white or brown varieties. Black rice is also appreciated for its nutty, somewhat salty flavor.

Renowned Chef Ian Pengelley of trendy London restaurant Gilgamesh has built a number of his culinary creations around black rice. Included among his offerings are Black Rice Risotto with King Crab, Stir Fried Black Rice, Black Rice Sushi Roll, and Black Sticky Rice and Barbequed Pork Wrapped in Bamboo Leaf.

You can expect black rice to become a more frequent component on restaurant menus in the U.S. this year, especially those featuring Pan-Asian cuisine, so keep on the lookout for this good-for-you/good tasting black food coming soon to your town.

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