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Forbidden Rice Benefits

Updated on June 24, 2011
Forbidden rice image courtesy of Razorrius/photobucket
Forbidden rice image courtesy of Razorrius/photobucket

If I think about the word forbidden..I just think about fruit and city but now I learn about the other forbidden thing, the forbidden rice. Actually, this kind of rice is pretty easy to find in my country. It's called forbidden rice because only Royal Family who used to consume this black rice. Like in my country, only Royal people in Java used to consume this forbidden rice. Because of the high in nutritional value and rich in iron, black rice consider fancy.

Anyway, now people are more concern about their health and start to consume more healthy food. Forbidden rice will turns to a deep purple when it is cooked. Black forbidden rice is a short grain rice. the rice appears to be black because of the high amounts of melanin in the bran. Black Rice is gluten free, so it great for health and good for autistic child's diet.

Forbidden Rice in Java-Indonesia

In my country, only the Royal family in Mangkunegaran Palace or Kasunanan Palace in Solo, Central Java who consumed this kind of rice. It's called Beras Wulung (Beras= Rice, Wulung= deep purple in high Javanese language). We have many kind of names for the forbidden rice, Beras Gadog in Subang, West Java, Cempo Ireng in Sleman, Central Java, Beras Melik in Bantul, Central Java. Although it has different names, it just the same, forbidden rice. Unfortunately, not many local farmers willing to plant this kind of rice.

The farmers in Java afraid that they were cursed by bad omen if they plant this black rice. Beside that, many local farmers in Java hesitated to plant this rice type because it took longer time to harvest than other type of rice. And the birds really love this black rice plant, they used to eat the black rice in the paddy field. But there is one farmer that still eager to develop this kind of rice, in Sleman, Central Java.

The price of black rice is more expensive than white rice as well as brown rice, because it has many

advantages in addition to a healthy, safe, pure, natural and also more difficult in management. Due to its age that a little longer than the rice in general. So that the planting be done 20 days earlier than the farmers in surrounding areas that do not grow black rice.

This is to anticipate that harvesting can be done simultaneously. This means that black rice was in the bed of rice ready for harvest so that other birds do not only attack on the black rice.

In addition, the milling process also require special attention because if the milling process is like the white rice's in general then we will not get the black rice.

Java Farmers harvested the forbidden rice, in Central Java, Indonesia
Java Farmers harvested the forbidden rice, in Central Java, Indonesia
Forbidden Rice, cooked
Forbidden Rice, cooked

The healthy benefits of forbidden rice

1. The flavonoid level is 5 times more than regular rice. Forbidden rice is good for people with diabetic, hypertension, cancer,anemia, and gout.

2. As a source of antioxidant. The color purple is derived from anthocyanin, a substance capable of antioxidant polyphenol derivatives. Plus a large concentration of flavonoids make a great way in preventing artery hardening and uric acid.

3. More healthier because this black rice is a type of heirloom rice, meaning that it is open-pollinated, was grown at earlier times in history, and not grown on a large scale in modern agriculture.

4. Improve damaged liver cell (hepatitis and chirrosis) and prevent renal disease.

5. Prevent cancer/tumor.

6. As an anti aging agent.

7. Fight the bad cholesterol.

8. Increasing the production of breast milk. Moms who give their baby breast feeding are recommended to consume forbidden rice.

More or less the benefits are similar with the brown rice. According to the research of my local university, Gajah Mada University in Jogjakarta, Central Java, the protein level (7.88%) of forbidden rice is higher than the white rice (6.8%), but it has lower carbohydrate level (74.81%) than the white rice (78.9%).

White rice, brown rice, and forbidden rice cooked. Serve with chili or sambal and some veggie.
White rice, brown rice, and forbidden rice cooked. Serve with chili or sambal and some veggie.


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      febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

      @ Anginwu, thank you. I love your black rice hub too. We should consume this healthy food more often.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I just finished a hub on black rice and thought i'll hop over to see yours. Very nicely done--love your take on the subject.

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      Never heard of forbidden rice before. What an interesting hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi sonia, well of course we can discuss about forbidden rice, a beverage from forbidden rice? well I just know one beverage from rice...makguli hahaha...thank's for visiting!

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      soniaprameswari 7 years ago

      mam thanks for the very very nice information about the very blessed black rice :D

      me and my friends will make a research about this, and this is so so helpful :)

      we wanna expand black rice to be some delicious food and beverage. we are from medical student (health and nutrition department). can we discuss about black rice someday? haha i wish :)


      sonia prameswari

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Gypsy Willow, you're most welcome :)

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I will certainly look for this. Thanks for telling us about it.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      rkhyclak, Hi! Thank you for visiting! I think you can always buy online in Amazon :) Well, I think black rice has the similar taste with regular rice, just more chewy.

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      rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

      Wow-I've not see black rice around here (Not surprising in Ohio, though lol) I'm going to look for it harder, it sounds tasty and quite healthy! We do have an asian market in town, perhaps I will try there. Thank you!

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      KKalmes, wow the recipe sound very exotic, I seldom have Indian cuisine as my daily menu, but seems pretty delicious and worth trying.

      I hope you will success on the screenplay competitions and it must be so great if Ron Howard pick your script :) who knows it will give him another Academy Award. Good Luck!!

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      KKalmes 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois


      Thank you for comments and for becoming a follower... my son is selfish with his recipes, but I put him on my hub page and promise to coax some of his recipes out of him (tonight's Indian Tandoori Tikka Turkey kabobs were excellent... needed some black rice).

      Your comment in my fan mail... as soon as I get a response from current screenplay competitions or find out if Ron Howard is interested in reading my script I will hub an entire page on screenwriting... kkalmes

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello, hello,you're welcome :)

      Amila, Katiem, Dave, yes, you should try the forbidden rice!

      Thank's for commenting.

      Agus, brown and black rice are better than the white one :)

      Prasetio, yes as Indonesian it's a common thing're welcome!

      KKalmes, thank you for following and I hope you'd share your son's recipe in the hub, so we may enjoy that delicious recipe together :)

      Have a great weekend my friends !!

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      KKalmes 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      febriedethan, thank you for such an insightful article on black rice, which I was not aware existed. We love rice and my son, who loves to cook, will insist on getting black rice to try with his gourmet recipes... we will be back to follow your amazon link to black rice.

      Besides this comment I am going to join as follower so I can keep up with your wonderful hubs.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Febrie, I can't life without life, like Indonesian people generally. Great hub, as usual I rate this Up. Thank you may friend.


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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      The benefits of black rice is really new for me, Thank you.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      sounds like something we should be eating regularly.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Wonderful info on forbidden rice benefits and so beautiful. :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I would love to try it but then I look at the price, I have to wait a bit. I so glad they give it away hahaha Thank you for an interestin revelation.

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      Amila MB 7 years ago

      Eat black sticky's Asian and awesoooome

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi China man, yes you should try, it tastes quite delicious I think. Thank's for visiting!

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      china man 7 years ago

      Black rice !! got to go find that now and try it !