5 Super-Healthy Rices You’ve Never Tried

Beyond brown, white, and wild, there’s a world of exotic rices waiting to be explored. These are worth seeking out for their good looks, distinctive textures, and intriguing flavors–qualities that play well in side dishes, stuffings, pilafs, and even desserts. And they’re healthful: Low-fat and gluten-free, these rices provide a daily dose of fiber–and some pack a nice share of vitamin C, iron, and potassium, too.

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1/ Carolina Gold Rice
This heritage grain is a true standout, with a plump, fluffy texture and a roasted aroma. Carolina Gold offers hauntingly buttery flavor because the rice’s germ and inner bran layer are left in. Try it alongside curry or a spice-rubbed pork roast. Because Carolina Gold is perishable, it should be stored in the freezer. Cooking time: 20 minutes. $7 for a 14-ounce bag; 803-467-4122;

2/ Riso Nero
A new hybrid from the Piedmont region of Italy, riso nero is a cross between Italian risotto rice and Chinese black rice. The result? The purple-black grain is firm and cooks up as creamy as risotto. Boil like pasta, drain, and mix with chopped sautéed carrots, celery, and shrimp. Cooking time: 40 minutes. $17 for a 2.2-pound bag; 888-952-4005; markethallfoods.com

3/ Bhutanese Red Rice
This rust-colored short-grain rice is plump and chewy, with a subtle, earthy flavor. In many parts of Bhutan, it’s a staple. Tossed with chopped vegetables, nuts, and dried cranberries or golden raisins, red rice would make a beautiful and delicious pilaf; add shredded roast chicken for a satisfying main-dish salad. Cooking time: 20 minutes. $4 for a 15-ounce bag; 866-972-6879; lotusfoods.com

4/ Organic Jade Pearl Rice
Infused with bamboo extract, this rice retains its lovely spring-green color during cooking. It has a tender texture and a clean, grassy flavor that may remind you of green tea. Try it alongside roasted halibut or salmon seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger, and scallions. Cooking time: 20 minutes. $4 for a 15-ounce bag; 866-972-6879; lotusfoods.com

5/ Purple Sticky Rice
Whether tucked into hand rolls or served with sashimi, this reddish-purple sticky rice is a striking and delicious change from white sushi rice. It’s also great served as a Thai-style dessert: warm, sauced with sweetened coconut cream, and garnished with fresh mango slices and toasted coconut. Cooking time: 45 minutes. $4 for a 16-ounce bag; 208-267-0627

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