Saturday, February 19, 2011

Forbidden Rice

I love this black Rice, its so delicious. It has almost a mild fruity after taste. This is a pork and lime pickle plate I cooked with "Forbidden Rice" and steamed string-beans. The best thing is not only do I love this rice but its really good for me! The chops are lean young pork fried in olive oil and a touch of Pataks lime pickle. Jim loved this meal. I have made something a bit like it with chicken breast and lime pickle (relish) by Pataks that is also very good.

Below is the product info for this rice.


The Emperor's Exclusive Grain, Imported from China

For increased health and longevity. Legend tells us that this ancient grain was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China. Our most popular rice is fabled to enrich health and ensure longevity. This medium-size heirloom rice is treasured for its delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful deep purple color. Extremely high in a class of flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins, Forbidden Rice® is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered to be a blood tonifier. A striking presence on any plate, this once forbidden indulgence is now a wholesome everyday rice. It pairs beautifully with all cuisines – use it steamed plain, in a pilaf, stir-fry, salad or pudding.

As many antioxidants as blueberries? A new study shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries.

This rice provides the richest nutritional value, providing a higher level of vitamins, minerals and fiber of any bran rice, as well as a comprehensive range of amino acids, proteins, vegetable fats and essential trace elements needed by the body.

Fifteen years ago, we took a research and development trip to China. We were greeted by our hosts with steaming bowls of black rice at the end of the day. The rice captivated our senses and the next day at the local market we were told that during the Ming Dynasty the rice was called "tribute rice" or "longevity rice," exclusively reserved for the Emperors to ensure their good health and long life. It quickly became one of our most popular rices.

Cooks in only 30 minutes
Whole grain and heart healthy
High in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants reputed to prevent cancer and many other diseases
High in iron
Gluten and wheat free

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