Cultivation of Black Rice In India

Cultivation of Black Rice In India Cultivation of Black Rice In India

Rice is an important product of a diet across the world. Consumption of rice across the globe is very high. As per reports, rice consumption in India between 2020-21 was around 108 million tonnes. There are varieties of rice available in India. While there are 150+ rice varieties developed by ICAR-NRRI, commonly people know or talk about basmati, white, brown, red, jasmine, parboiled and sticky rice. There is another species predominantly grown in north-eastern states in India. It is known as black rice.

Black rice is also called forbidden rice. It is believed that it was once reserved for the Chinese emperor to ensure his health and longevity, and forbidden to anyone else. Hence black rice got the name of forbidden rice. However, a majority of the people do not know about black rice. Black rice has a dark purplish-black color with nutty, slightly sweet flavour. Black rice is cultivated only in a few Indian states. It is majorly grown in Manipur and in the Goalpara district of Assam. Black rice is known as Chakhao Amubi in Manipur.

Black Rice
Black Rice

Consumption of Black Rice

Black rice is used to make desserts that are served at major feasts. This rice is also suitable for creating porridge, dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake, bread and noodles. Black rice popularity is on rise not just because of its use but also for nutritional values.

Benefits of Black Rice

Black rice contains ‘anthocyanins’ which is responsible for the black colour. This adds powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties to black rice. It also contains carotenoids that help in improving eye health.

Health Benefits of Black Rice
Health Benefits of Black Rice

Black rice is naturally gluten-free and rich in protein, iron, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and natural fibre. Hence, it helps in weight loss. It is known to be a natural detoxifier and its consumption helps in prevention of ailments such as atherosclerosis, anti-diabetes effects, alzheimer’s, hypertension, weight management, reduces allergies, improves digestion and promotes metabolism.

With numerous health benefits, black rice is quickly replacing the demand for white rice and brown rice. Health-conscious customers across the globe, especially in countries like the US, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK are consuming black rice. This has increased the demand for black rice. Understanding this demand farmers in other states of India are also growing black rice. While the north-eastern states are the major contributor, black rice is now cultivated across various districts of Uttar Pradesh also. Farmers in chandauli, sonebhadra, mirzapur are growing black rice. Even farmers in narayanpur, jamalpur, rajgarh, pahari, lalganj and halia of UP are cultivating black rice.

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