We hear it a lot:
Is there food coloring in your purple rice?
Do you put beet juice in your purple rice?
Is it lavender?
We can usually spot a first-time guest just by the look they give us when we ask if they’d like our purple rice. Its bright purple hue isn’t something most people have ever seen before entering a BIBIBOP. Restaurants whose main base is rice usually have two standard offerings: white or brown. BIBIBOP sought to change the status quo by creating our signature purple rice that is not only beautiful, but healthy!
What is Purple Rice, Anyway?
Purple rice is the outcome of steaming together white and wild black rice. While being steamed, the black rice bleeds into the white, resulting in a gorgeous natural purple color. No dyes. No beet juice. No lavender. Just great looking, even better tasting rice. While it still has a mild taste similar to white rice, the black rice does lend itself to a slightly nutty flavor with a chewier texture than white.
Don’t be scared to try it on your next visit; most of our guests prefer the taste of purple rice to white!
Is Purple Rice Good For You?
We all know brown rice is healthier than white, so what about purple?
The black rice we mix with white to create our purple rice is an impressive nutritional powerhouse.
Like brown rice, black rice retains the outer bran layer that is removed from white rice, which makes it significantly higher in fiber than white and earns it the title of “whole grain.”
What elevates black rice into even higher nutritional standing than brown, however, is the same thing that makes it such a beautiful color. Black rice contains anthocyanins, which are the same antioxidant compounds that give blueberries and goji berries their attractive hue. These antioxidant compounds are thought to be responsible for numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer and increased cognitive function. The black rice we use in our purple rice contains just as many antioxidants per serving as blueberries!
Black rice also boasts more protein and dietary fiber than any other type of rice. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, it also contains large amounts of the antioxidant Vitamin E, which is useful in promoting eye, skin, and immune health!
Where Did Purple Rice Come From?
According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was once reserved only for emperors. It was closely guarded and grown in limited quantities, kept aside for nobility and illegal for anyone not of royal descent to grow or consume. Even before modern technology and research, the elite recognized the powerful properties of this “forbidden rice” that promoted health and longevity, and thus wanted to keep it all to themselves!
At BIBIBOP, we believe nothing that looks, tastes, and makes you feel this good should be limited just to royalty.
Stop in to your local BIBIBOP today and eat like a king, and make sure to keep up with us on our BIBIBLOG for more ingredient highlights, well-being articles, community event recaps, staff spotlights, and more!
Take Care Always,
The BIBIBOP Team