14 Popular Types of Rice You Should Know

One of the most popular foods on Earth, rice is part of many people’s diets because it is delicious, nutritious, and filling. It is full of vitamins and minerals and naturally low in sodium

Brown rice is a healthier rice option, and you can easily replace white rice with brown rice in any recipe. Milled to remove the outer husks but not the bran layers, brown rice comes in short- and long-grain varieties.

1. Brown Rice

The most common type of rice in the United States, white rice is long-grain rice that has been milled to remove the outer husks and the bran layers. This means it has fewer nutrients, but it is extremely versatile and can be used in stir-fry, pilafs, salads, and more.

2. White Rice

This long-grain Thai rice is similar to brown rice; it is also milled to remove the outer husks but keep the bran layers. It is reddish-brown in color, is loaded with nutrients, and has a nutty flavor

3. Red Cargo Rice

Also known as Thai fragrant rice, jasmine rice comes from Thailand, and it is a long-grain rice with a nutty taste and floral aroma. It comes in both white and whole-grain varieties, and when you cook it, it is soft and a little bit sticky, which makes it a popular choice for Asian and Caribbean dishes.

4. Jasmine Rice

Yes, black rice is a thing. Also known as forbidden rice or emperor’s rice because it was once exclusively fed to Chinese emperors, this type of rice gets its color from its high level of anthocyanin, the same antioxidant that you will find in blueberries, eggplant, and purple corn.

5. Black Rice

Grown in India and Pakistan, basmati rice is a type of long-grain rice with a robust flavor and fragrance that come from a one-year-long aging process. Basmati rice comes in both white and whole-grain varieties, and it is a great choice for curry because it complements the aromas of the dish. It has a distinct smell, but the taste is worth it.

6. Basmati Rice

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