Black Rice and Veggies with Sweet and Sour Sauce from Transitional Raw Foods
On Sunday, I posted one of my new favorite recipes for Kabobs. They are a delicious alternative to kabobs on the grill. As the comments came in, people weren’t asking about the kabobs, they were asking about the Forbidden Rice that I pictured the kabobs with. I received many emails and questions about the rice. Mostly just asking for more information. So here you go.
Forbidden or Black Rice got it’s name because centuries ago in China, only the Emperor was allowed to eat it. It was forbidden to all others, thus the name. Before it is cooked, the rice is black. As it cooks, it turns a deep purple. It’s color comes from the high anthocyanin content.
Anthocyains are very important to us. They protect us from cancer, inflammation, and are also considered to be neuro-protective which means that they help protect your nervous system from degeneration. Anthocyains are what give fruits and veggies (and flowers) their color. They are part of the flavonoid family.
Forbidden Rice actually has more anthocyains that blueberries. It is also high in fiber, iron, vitamin E and other antioxidants. It is one of the super healthy, non-raw foods that I gladly include in my diet. You can find Forbidden Rice at many markets, or online.