In the Land of the Rising Sun, rice is all over the head. There, he and the main dish, and side dish, and one of the most important ingredients for sushi. Of all the variety of varieties, black rice is considered particularly valuable, the benefits and harms of which were kept secret for a long time. What is its feature? What benefits does our body receive from its use?
With the note "for the emperor"
Black rice has a unique color in nature, and it is surrounded by an amazing story. According to legend, in far-distant times, when cereals were just beginning to grow in China, the emperor added black rice to the list of prohibited foods with his order. At the same time, ordinary people began to consider it not only a forbidden fruit, but also something of a poison. However, the cunning ruler knew the truth and secretly ordered his subjects to grow black cereal specifically for serving to the festive table in the highest circles of society.
It took a long time for the truth to reach the people: not just years, but several millennia. But now almost every citizen of China, and indeed of our entire planet, knows the benefits of black rice.
Moreover, for some time now it has become popular to go on an excursion to the places where this cereal is grown. Believe me: this is a very impressive sight, especially when it comes to specially built terraces on the side of a mountain called "The Dragon Ridge". By the way, this name was given for a reason: looking at a distance of a 66 thousand hectare plantation, one gets the impression that the tail of a mighty reptile lies in front of you.
Vitamins in a plate
Today, black rice has learned to grow not only the Chinese. Similar plantations can be found in Japan, Thailand, India. There are even special varieties grown in Italy and Australia. And the Russians, wishing to independently identify all the benefits and harm to the body from black rice, can take advantage of the fruits of domestic breeders and try a variety called "Southern Night".
Black rice received such wide attention of the world community primarily due to its unique composition. Unlike white fellows, this variety is ten times more useful substances and vitamins. Recent studies by both Russian scientists and foreign experts are a clear confirmation of this:
- In black rice, scientists have counted about 18 amino acids, which are the main components of the protein, which is extremely useful for those who want to build muscle.
- People with gastrointestinal problems will be delighted that there is fiber in this cereal. This means that intestinal problems with the regular use of black rice as food will go to the background.
- If white grains can only boast with a high content of starch and carbohydrates, then in dark varieties you will find the entire arsenal of B vitamins, in particular, riboflavin, niacin and iron, as well as such nutrients as magnesium, selenium, potassium and zinc.
- Since black rice is sold exclusively in its original form, that is, it is not polished or steamed, it is safe to say that it will be extremely useful not only for the intestines, but also for the nervous system.
- You'd be surprised, but the researchers found in the black rice just a huge amount of antioxidants, so this herb takes a leading position in the confrontation with wild blueberries, grapes, red cabbage.
But the Americans, who are considered especially zealous supporters of healthy eating, are absolutely confident that black rice can prevent DNA cell mutation, the formation of cancerous tumors, and will also be very useful for men with some problems in the genital area.
An interesting fact is that black rice claims to be the nomination "panacea of the year", since numerous studies of this variety have not revealed any negative factors.
Culinary educational program
In the meantime, scientists argue among themselves, in every way trying to reliably find out all the benefits and harms from black rice, ordinary people are interested in ways to make it. And there are not too many options here - just cooking, in principle, as with analogs of the white variety. It should be taken into account that if polished ordinary rice will be ready in 15-20 minutes, black grains should boil for at least half an hour, or even 40 minutes. But even after such a long preparation, do not expect that you will get something like a gruel, because black rice does not boil soft, does not stick together and in the finished form it turns out slightly “Al Dente”.
During cooking, take into account the fact that rice colors the water brown and sometimes bright purple, so it is better to choose a saucepan that is not enameled. By the way, the resulting broth can be adapted, for example, for painting eggs or for other very important things.
Raw foodists can also appreciate all the benefits of this product. It will be enough just to rinse the cereal thoroughly and soak it for three days, using a bowl with the most flat and wide bottom.
In addition, it should be said that the taste of black rice is very unusual - sweetish with a mild nutty aftertaste. That is why your family can not appreciate the effort, if you cook it with meat. But with pumpkin, avocado, sweet mango and seafood, black rice is perfectly combined.
In general, if you have not had time to appreciate all the benefits of black rice, it's time to try this cereal. Make from it a fragrant risotto, Japanese sushi or just serve as a side dish. Believe me: you will love black rice.