What is Black Rice?

Welcome to Sun Cuisines, we offer authentically fresh, and original, Asian cuisine throughout Buffalo, New York. For over 20 years we have offered delicious entrees that keep our customers coming back for more good eats. We consider ourselves the home of Black Rice in Buffalo. But often, we are asked by our clients what exactly is black rice? What does it taste like? Are there health benefits of black rice?

Well, today, we are here to answer those questions for you. We are dedicated to giving our patrons the best, and we think once you try black rice, you won’t want to go back. Here’s everything you need to know about black rice.

What is Black Rice?

Black rice, just like its name indicates, is a rich, black hued rice. There are several varieties of black rice including black jasmine rice and the more gluten rich forms. It gets its color from anthocyanin, which is a very powerful antioxidant. The same goes for blueberries and even eggplants, which are dark in color.
However, black rice has a particularly high concentration of anthocyanin. As a result, it is revered for its health and nutritious properties throughout Asia and in all Asian cuisine. Additionally, you’ll find high concentrations of dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body from diabetes, cancer, and even heart disease. It can also help with managing a healthy weight.
Another interesting fact about black rice is that it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Yet, it was largely reserved only for royalty in China. This is part of the reason it is called the Emperor’s rice. We like to think of it the same way, and we are honored to serve it to our customers as well.

What Does it Taste Like?

Another question we’re asked is, what does black rice taste like? If you haven’t had this rare form of rice before, you might be asking the same thing. The good news is, it’s delicious! Chinese royalty did not have poor taste in food!
Forbidden rice, as it is often known as, has a mild, earthy flavor. Similar to brown rice, black rice has a dense taste upon contact with your taste buds. You’ll notice a chewier texture when you bite down, but rest assured it is worth every bit of extra texture.
At Sun Cuisines we also recognize that forbidden rice takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it in. This allows us to experiment with different types of spices and flavors to give you a juicy, delicious dish you’ll crave again and again.

What Are the Health Benefits of Black Rice?

  • Black Rice is a superfood! It has more antioxidants than blueberries!
  • Great for Detoxing the liver and remove toxins hiding in your blood.
  • Improves digesting and can even help you burn more fat.
  • Reduces the absorption of sugar in the blood

So, if you are ready to experience the benefits of delicious black rice, head on over to Buffalo’s original black rice sushi bar, Sun Cuisines, and experience our black rice bar for yourself!