Bamboo Rice

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BASICS

AKA: Pearl Jade Rice

About: When you open a bag of bamboo rice, you’re just 20 minutes away from adding intrigue and allure to your plate. The first thing you’ll notice is the pale green color. And just moments later, you’ll notice a bright, almost leafy aroma that comes from bamboo extract. Chlorophyll in the bamboo is what gives the rice it’s eye-catching color and superfood effects.

Country of Origin: Yunnan province of China

Plant of Origin: Moso bamboo

History: Bamboo Rice was originally made by stuffing bamboo tubes with short-grain rice, then sealing and burying them in fire pits. The tubes were removed when they start to steam and set aside for the rice to finish cooking.

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HEALTH

Nutrients: carbohydrates • chlorophyll • fiber • protein •  Vitamin B

Benefits: improves liver detoxification • speeds up wound healing • improves digestion • weight control • skin health • antioxidants

Substitutes: white or brown rice

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SHOP

Store: As an up and coming superfood, your local grocery store may carry it, otherwise check specialty health food stores or asian markets. I found mine in the bulk section at GreenStar.

Online: Amazon • Nuts

Other Products: Bamboo Rice Ramen

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PREPARE

Make Your Own: You can try mixing some Japanese green tea powder (matcha) with water and cook it with any short-grain rice. The flavor and color will be somewhat similar.

Cook: Add 1.5 cups water, 1 cup bamboo rice, and a pinch of salt to a pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 3-5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Storage: Store uncooked rice in a cool dry place in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable bag. Refrigerator cooked rice in a sealed airtight container for 4 – 6 days.

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EAT

Taste & Texture: moist & sticky • subtly herbal • similar to sushi rice

Suggested Uses: dessert rice pudding • rice pilaf • add to salads & soups • use in fried rice

Recipes:

Bamboo Rice Chazuke

Red Quinoa & Bamboo Rice (via Honest Cooking)

Bamboo Rice Salad (via In Harvest)

Bamboo Rice Coconut Pudding (via Earthy Delights)

 

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