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A type of medium-grain Italian rice that is known for its natural black and rust colored grains and its pleasing aroma. The aroma is more noticeable while the rice is cooking and is similar to the smell of baked bread. Venus black rice is the result of crossbreeding varieties of Italian rice and Chinese rice and is often called “nobleman’s rice” or “emperor’s rice,” which was a common reference to black colored rice varieties that were eaten by the emperors of China. It is loaded with protein and minerals, which are retained in the grains due to the careful methods used in removing the husks. Venus black rice is excellent in soups, blended with vegetables, or served as a side dish. It is available through mail order or can be found in well-stocked food stores and Italian markets.
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