Check out our guide to black rice, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what is black garlic, harissa paste and curry leaves.

What is black rice?

Black rice, sometimes called forbidden rice or venus rice, is a type of rice high in the pigment anthocyanin, which gives it its colour. Black rice is sold as a whole grain as it's the outermost layer of bran that has the black colour. It has a sweet, nutty flavour, and is famously paired with seafood.

Where to buy black rice

Here are three of our favourite places to buy black rice:

Wholegrain black venus rice, £6.50/500g, olive shop

The Fresh Olive Company Venus Black Rice, £7.10/1kg, Amazon

Biona Organic black venus rice, £4.10/500g, Ocado

Black rice recipes

Chargrilled tiger prawns, black rice and roast chilli salsa

Recreate simple and delicious sharing plates in your own home with this easy starter recipe from Notting Hill's Gold.

Chargrilled Tiger Prawns Recipe with Black Rice and Roast Chilli Salsa

Warm black rice, edamame and prawn salad

Check out this easy, warm salad recipe with black rice, crunchy edamame and juicy prawns. This punchy salad is an easy midweek meal for two, plus it's low in calories.

Black rice salad recipe with prawns and edamame on a white serving plate


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