When you work so closely with something you love, you tend to build a single view of what that something is. As Forbidden Black Rice is our flagship product, we had become comfortable with calling it… “black rice”.
It occurred to me only recently, that a lot of customers said they had used black rice before and liked it. I thought to myself… this is absolutely fantastic… Black Rice had grown to be a hugely popular rice variety! Only later that day had I realised that there was a common confusion between black rice and wild rice. A lot of people thought they were the same if not extremely similar.
So I’m going to take this opportunity today to explain the difference between Black Rice and Wild Rice.
Wild rice is not rice at all but a member of the grass family. It’s a native long black grain of North America and was traditionally grown “wild” in isolated lake and river bed locations. Wild rice holds its long shape with cooking and has a nutty texture. It is commonly mixed with other rices to create blends or mixed as an added ingredient to various dishes such as salads.
Black rice is from the rice family. Historically grown in China, black rice is a short grain. The dark colour of the grain is primarily due to its dense anthocyanin content. Black rice is high in protein, fibre, iron and a great source of nutrients. The grain is slightly sweet with a nutty texture and is used more often than not as a rice base meal in many dishes. It is an easy substitute for white and brown rice in meals. Read more about our black rice.
(Wild rice on the left and black rice on the right.)
Do you use wild rice? How do you use wild rice vs. black rice? Sound off in the comments below.
The Forbidden Foods Team
p.s For future reference; whenever we talk about black rice we mean our own brand Forbidden Black Rice.