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The different varieties, types or kinds of rice

Updated on March 27, 2013

In the Philippines it is common tradition that rice is thrown during special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and housewarmings. This ritual is believed to bring luck and good fortune. Grains, seeds and nuts symbolize fertility since a minuscule seed may eventually become a huge plant when nurtured, a right outlook in the home for a prolific endeavors.

Aside from white, did you ever know that rice may come in different colors such as brown, black, red and even gold? These types of rice are special ones may carry a more expensive price tag. Though the white rice is common and also tastes nice, the specialty rice is in abundance of nutrients which our body needs.

Brown rice
Brown rice | Source

Here are the different types of rice:

Brown Rice

Is the nutritional content of brown rice greater than that of white rice’s? To answer this, it is of essence to know processes like grinding and polishing. Keep in mind that when rice is milled the outer covering is removed and this will yield brown rice. Brown rice is actually white rice with the left only on the husk. This implies that brown rice has more preserved nutrients. Brown rice has a strong smell and nutty in texture like the wild rice. Some varieties of brown rice have other layers of it removed and have not been polished.

Is the nutritional content of brown rice greater than that of white rice’s? To answer this, it is of essence to know processes like grinding and polishing. Keep in mind that when rice is milled the outer covering is removed and this will yield brown rice. Brown rice is actually white rice with the left only on the husk. This implies that brown rice has more preserved nutrients. Brown rice has a strong smell and nutty in texture like the wild rice. Some varieties of brown rice have other layers of it removed and have not been polished.

Brown rice is in abundance of manganese, selenium and magnesium.

Black rice
Black rice | Source

Black Rice

Black rice or also called the wild rice or “forbidden rice.”

Scientifically, the black rice is not a variety of rice; it is in fact the seed of long grass that thrives in deep water. Black rice is directly dried after harvest making it possess a strong flavor especially when the outer bran is not removed during grinding.

The black rice which is also called the “Chinese black rice,” is rich in nutrients, iron and antioxidants. The black rice when cooked has deep purple color. Just like brown rice, black rice is a good source of protein, fiber, minerals and other nutrients.

The black rice is a much sought after since it is free from chemicals, very flavorful, visually astonishing and has a nice nutty taste.

Prior to cooking the black rice needs to be soaked overnight and cooked with an equal amount of water for 12 minutes. See to it that you steam it for 5 minutes before serving to ensure that is soft and supple. An indigenous variety of black rice in the Philippines is expensive to nurture, its supply is limited and it is organically grown in the Cagayan province.

Golden rice at your left compared to white rice
Golden rice at your left compared to white rice | Source

Golden rice

The yellow-colored rice which is also known as golden rice is packed with high level of beta-carotene. A product of science, this rice was developed through genetic engineered process. Golden rice is a huge advancement compared to the white rice because it lessens the risk of blindness, disease susceptibility and premature death of small children.

The golden rice has a nice flavor and texture and can be used in many dishes as substitute for the standard white rice.

Red rice
Red rice | Source

Red Rice

Considered as a super food the red rice is packed with 107 antioxidants and 68 vitamins and minerals that strengthen Immune System and facilitate self-repairs body mechanisms.

Red rice is also used in traditional Chinese medicine it stimulates healthy blood circulation, improves the digestive system and reduces cholesterol production in the body.

Here you have the four kinds of rice. Thanks a lot for the read!

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