Ancient black rice has a history of prohibition in China. Once considered “forbidden rice” to the general population, black rice was exclusively eaten by the emperor of China. Black rice was thought to have natural healing powers and extend lives. Luckily, we can now enjoy this healthy rice! Once cooked, black rice is nutty and creamy in flavor, and transforms from a rich, satin black to a deep violet color. Add intrigue to salads, soups, side dishes, and even desserts! Black rice cooks in under 25 minutes and in a traditional 2 : 1 ratio; 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of rice.