Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice - 15 oz. (426g) Legend tells us that this ancient grain was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China. Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice is fabled to enrich health and ensure longevity. A medium-size heirloom rice, Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice is treasured for its delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful deep purple color. Extremely high in a class of flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins, Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered to be a blood tonifier. A striking presence on any plate, this once forbidden indulgence is now a wholesome everyday rice. Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice pairs beautifully with all cuisines - use it steamed plain, in a pilaf, stir-fry, salad or pudding. As many antioxidants as blueberries?A new study shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries. Lotus Foods Heirloom Forbidden Black Rice provides the richest nutritional value, providing a higher level of vitamins, minerals and fiber of any bran rice, as well as a comprehensive range of amino acids, proteins, vegetable fats and essential trace elements needed by the body. Fifteen years ago, Lotus Foods took a research and development trip to China. They were greeted by their hosts with steaming bowls of black rice at the end of the day. The rice captivated their senses and the next day at the local market they were told that during the Ming Dynasty the rice was called tribute rice or longevity rice, exclusively reserved for Emperors to ensure their good health and long life. It quickly became one of their most popular rices.