Rice has long been a staple of Asian cultures, and today rice is part of the daily diet of half of the worldâs population. Rice is popular because itâs one of our cupboardâs best culinary canvases. It has inspired a variety of classic dishesâBiryani rice, Persian pilaf, Italian risotto, and Creole Jambalayaâmaking it a mainstay grain to virtually anything you might create.
The Significant Difference Between White and Brown Rice
Refined white rice â or milled or polished rice â has had the bran and germ removed, stripping it of vitamins, fiber and essential fatty acids. Brown rice, on the other hand, retains its nutritional value and is an excellent source of whole grain carbohydrates, necessary for good digestion and energy. Brown rice and other whole grains can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. All rice is gluten-free and easy to digest, making it a favorite ingredient for those with food allergies.
Try these rice varieties:
Arborioâits creamy cooked texture is ideal for making risotto.
Basmatiâan aromatic long grain rice from India.
Blackâmedium grain sticky rice from China with a sweet flavor.
Sushiâshort grain rice especially cultivated by the Japanese for making sushi.
Wehaniâaromatic long grain red rice with a smoky, nutty flavor.
Wildâseeds from water grasses. True wild rice harvested by Native Americans in North American lakes is far superior to cultivated wild rice.