Black rice is a healthy alternative to white.
Who does not like rice? I have not yet met such people)) So my eldest son is ready to eat rice three times a day! However, I try to replace white rice with black, or wild. In China, it was also called forbidden: only the nobility had the right to eat this rice, for the simple people it was forbidden.
There are many varieties of rice grains! For most of us, traditional white rice seems habitual. And if other varieties of this cereal – brown, brown, basmati – are even remotely known to us, then black or wild rice most often causes surprise and genuine interest, since it is not so often found in local stores.
Black rice is cultivated in the US state of Minnesota – it is the largest global exporter of this product. Cultivation and harvesting of this annual plant requires a lot of labor costs.
Cultivated black rice grains can have chocolate brown or coal black (hue depends on maturity and grain processing), and in shape they are thin and oblong.
Black rice is cooked much longer than the usual white – from 40 minutes to an hour, during which time it takes on a purple hue. Most often it is used as a side dish or stuffing, added to soup, snacks, salads, desserts.
Wild rice differs from white in its composition with its exotic sweetish flavor, light nutty aroma and, most importantly, its composition, I want to tell you about its beneficial properties.
Black rice contains:
Vitamins of group B, A, E, K, H, PP, C. In 150 g of wild rice contains almost all the daily norm of folic acid (B9).
Antioxidants. Their number in wild rice allows you to put it on a par with blueberries, natural red wine, red grapes, strawberries, red cabbage.
Minerals: iodine, copper, fluorine, potassium, magnesium, manganese, boron, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, sulfur, silicon, nickel, glands).
Vital amino acids (18 items).
Plant fiber (fiber).
100 g of cooked wild rice is only 105 kcal.
Health benefits of black rice
Improves the functioning of the nervous system.
Important for the prevention of cancer.
Slows down aging.
It makes blood vessels elastic, strengthens the arteries and capillaries, cleans the blood from toxins, toxins, cholesterol.
Warns heart disease.
Helps to reduce pressure.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Helps to restore the body after illness, exhaustion, childbirth, operations.
Normalizes the adrenal glands.
Strengthens the visual system.
Contains a little sodium, excess leads to diseases of the cardiovascular system, increased pressure.
Supports the muscular system.
Eliminates puffiness, beneficially affecting the kidneys and bladder, helps with diseases of the urinary system.
Well acts on the gastrointestinal tract, normalizes digestion.
Strengthens hair, prevents early blooming.
Beneficial effect on the brain.
Normalizes metabolic processes.
Allergy-free, because it is one of the hypoallergenic products.
Supports bone system, reducing the risk of fractures.
Some Tips for Cooking Black Rice
First, before boiling wild rice, it is desirable to soak the night in cool water. In the morning, pour out the water, pour the rice into boiling water (1: 3 ratio), bring to a boil and boil on low heat for at least 45-60 minutes. The finished rice will increase three to four times. After that, reduce the fire and let it stand for about 15 minutes without stirring.
Secondly, after boiling black rice, the white pan can stain. Consider this fact when choosing dishes.
Thirdly, wild rice goes well with sesame, tamari (soy sauce), nuts and legumes, serves as an ideal side dish for vegetables, meat, fish, or a base for snacks and salad.