Black Rice

Black rice, which often turns dark purple once cooked, has a mild, nutty taste similar to brown rice. Also referred to as "forbidden rice," it's a great source of iron, vitamins and antioxidants. One of our favorite recipes showcasing black rice is this striking risotto, served with a golden butternut squash puree and creamy burrata—it's a flavorful meal that tastes even better than it looks. You can use black rice anywhere you'd use white rice—as a simple side dish, in stir-fry and even in a rice pudding for dessert. Whether you want to expand your side dish repertoire or are looking for an impressive entrée, F&W's guide to black rice has a recipe for every occasion.

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Black Rice Salad with Cherries and Plums
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Fresh plums and cherries add pops of juicy sweetness to this hearty summer salad. Black rice gives the dish a dark, moody hue and an extra textural bite. The salad builds to a delicious crescendo with its finishing touch: crunchy, craggy, blue cheese–infused breadcrumbs, which provide a lovely textural reprieve to the chewy rice and fruit.
Pineapple Black Fried Rice
Black rice, also called forbidden rice, gives this dish from New York chef JJ Johnson its striking appearance. “Kids love fried rice,” says Johnson. “And it’s a perfect vehicle for sneaking in some fruits and veggies.” This black rice is stir-fried with edamame, bean sprouts, and juicy diced pineapple. Slideshow: More Fried Rice Recipes 
Risotto Nero with Squash & Burrata
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Oakes makes this gorgeous risotto with Venere black rice, a naturally black short-grain rice. The glossy grains are especially striking served with the golden butternut squash puree and creamy white burrata. Slideshow:  Rice Pilaf Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 
Brazilian Black Rice
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This dish from Uxua hotel chef Aladim Alves traces its roots to the 1970s, when the beaches of Trancoso, Brazil, were a favorite hippie destination. It combines richly flavored Bahian seafood with healthy whole-grain black rice. More Excellent Rice Dishes