Forbidden Rice, Black Rice cooked normally.Rice Berry. Also Black Cargo Rice.
The black color of uncooked forbidden rice is due to its outer coating of black bran. This also gives the rice a rich nutty flavor when it is cooked, and adds to its nutrition, as the bran provides important dietary fiber. Also known as black cargo rice, or, Rice Berry, this food is especially popular with vegans and vegetarians, but is beginning to gain popularity with a larger demographic.
Forbidden rice provides other nutrients, including the amino acids common to most rice varietals. It contains phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, which provide antioxidants and other health benefits. In addition, this rice provides many minerals important for human health, including iron.
Forbidden rice gets its name from having been only allowed for the Chinese Royal Family.
This black rice is a type of heirloom rice, meaning that it is open-pollinated, was grown at earlier times in history, and not grown on a large scale in modern agriculture.