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Black Rice
Black rice as sold in China

Black rice (also known as purple rice) is a range of rice types of the species Oryza sativa L., some of which are glutinous rice. Varieties include Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. Black rice is known as chak-hao in Manipur, an Indian state on the eastern border with Myanmar, where desserts made from black rice are served at major feasts. Black rice is a source of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants. The bran hull (outermost layer) of black rice contains one of the highest levels of anthocyanins found in food.[1] The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and, like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste.[2]

Black rice has a deep black color and usually turns deep purple when cooked. Its dark purple color is primarily due to its anthocyanin content,[3] which is higher by weight than that of other colored grains.[4][5] It is suitable for creating porridge, dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake, bread, and noodles.


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  2. ^ "Food Grains of India". 232-234. 1892: 234. JSTOR 4102547. 
  3. ^ Oikawa, T.; Maeda, H.; Oguchi, T.; Yamaguchi, T.; Tanabe, N.; Ebana, K. Yano; M., Ebitani; T., Izawa, T. (2015). "The birth of a black rice gene and its local spread by introgression". Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.115.00310 (inactive 2018-03-23). 
  4. ^ Ichikawa, Haruyo; Ichiyanagi, Takashi; Xu, Bing; Yoshii, Yoichi; Nakajima, Masaharu; Konishi, Tetsuya (2001). "Antioxidant Activity of Anthocyanin Extract from Purple Black Rice". Journal of Medicinal Food. 4 (4): 211. doi:10.1089/10966200152744481. PMID 12639403. 
  5. ^ Abdel-Aal, El-Sayed M; Young, J. Christopher; Rabalski, Iwona (2006). "Anthocyanin Composition in Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, and Red Cereal Grains". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 54 (13): 4696. doi:10.1021/jf0606609. PMID 16787017.