August 18, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Black Rice is an aromatic variety grown in Thailand. Like brown rice, Black Rice is a bit nutty and has a pleasant chewiness. Like brown rice, it's a whole grain rice, and gets its rich color from its intact outer bran layer. Unlike brown rice, Black Rice takes only about 30 minutes to cook. It's also rich in B vitamins and boasts about eight times the anthocyanins (powerful antioxidant compounds) as brown rice.
Cook Black Rice as you would any raw rice - with water, broth, wine, or a blend of all three. The color will bleed a bit, cooking to a vibrant purple hue (which explains why it's sometimes called "purple rice", as well) that presents with panache on your plate. Its creamy finish makes it a natural for risotto dishes. And its subtle sweetness means it's supremely suitable for desserts like rice pudding, too.
We're selling each one pound bag of Trader Joe's Black Rice for $2.69, every day. You'll find it on our grocery shelves.