Black rice, black japonica rice, or forbidden rice is a revered rice strain that is traditionally reserved for nobility. Black rice turns a deep purple when cooked with a distinctive nutty flavor and dense nutritional content. This rice has been cultivated for thousands of years and is traditionally eaten only by the rich and wealthy due to its scarcity.
Uses: Black rice can be cooked by itself at a ratio to water of 1:1. The texture can be greatly softened by cooking black rice with white rice at a ratio of 1:3 (water ratio remaining at 1:1) while retaining its distinctive purple color.