Short Grain Brown Rice
One of the most full-flavored rices, the grains are soft and cling together after cooking. Suitable where a creamy texture is desired, such as puddings, rice balls, croquettes, paella and risotto.
Long Grain Brown Rice
The grains of this popular rice remain fluffy and separate, making it especially suitable in stuffings, pilafs, salads, casseroles and stir-fry dishes.
Brown Basmati Rice
This much-loved rice is aromatic with a nutty flavor. An exotic choice when a fluffy, drier texture is desired, as with stir-fry, salads, pilaf and stuffing.
Brown Jasmine Rice
A whole grain, aromatic long grain rice. The grains cook up moist and tender with a soft texture and delicious flavor. Use as a side dish and in pilafs.
Sweet Brown Rice
Offering a natural sweet taste, the grains of this rice cling together due to the sticky texture. It is ideal for use in Asian recipes and rice puddings.
Enjoy a distinctive aroma and nutty flavor. The honey-red grains remain separate after cooking; use in pilafs and as a side dish.
Juicy with a nutty, mushroom-like flavor and a sweet spiciness. This whole grain rice is a blend of short grain black rice and medium grain mahogany rice.
Bhutanese Red Rice
An ancient colored-bran short-grain rice grown 8,000 feet in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Irrigated with 1,000 year old glacier water rich in trace minerals, this exotic rice has a nutty/earthy flavor, soft texture and beautiful red russet color.
Forbidden Rice (China Black)
This medium-size Chinese black rice is prized for its delicious nutty taste, soft texture, beautiful deep purple color, and nutritional and medicinal value. Unlike other black rice from Asia, it is not glutinous or rough.
Long Grain White Rice
After cooking the grains of long grain white rice remain fluffy and separate, making it very popular in stir-fry dishes, pilafs, salads and casseroles.
White Basmati Rice
This long grain aromatic rice is an exotic choice when a fluffy, drier texture is desired, as with stir-fry, salads, pilaf and stuffing.
White Jasmine Rice
While cooking, this exotic rice fills your kitchen with a delicate scent. The grains cook up moist and tender with a soft texture and delicious flavor. Use as a side dish or in pilafs and desserts.
The high-starch kernels of this Italian grain are shorter and fatter than any other short-grain rice. It is traditionally used making risotto, because its increased starch lends this classic dish its creamy texture.
White rice seasoned with paprika, turmeric and saffron powder, this makes a great side dish with lamb, pork or fish. Works well in paella, too.
Short grain white rice infused with pure fresh bamboo juice, it’s pale green and the grains stick together when cooked. Great for sushi.
Akitakomachi is a classic Japanese short grain rice grown especially for making sushi. It is typically cooked with rice vinegar and sugar to achieve the desired texture for sushi rolls and other Asian dishes.
Not really a rice, wild rice is a long-grain marsh grass. It cooks up beautifully with a savory, nutty flavor and wonderful texture. Wonderful in pilafs and soups.
To Make Sushi Rice:
Cook 2 cups rice in 3 cups water for 15 minutes. Heat 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a small pan until salt and sugar are dissolved. Toss (don’t stir) with hot, cooked rice in a glass (not metal) bowl using a plastic spoon.
Add rice and water (or broth) to a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil, and salt, if desired. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for the recommended time. Removed from heat and allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
To Make Risotto:
Heat oil in a heavy 2-quart pot. Sauté onion until translucent. Add rice and stir until grains are coated with oil. Add 1 cup hot stock, stir until liquid is absorbed. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes, adding the remaining liquid 1 cup at a time. Add additional liquid if creamier texture is desired. Remove from heat, stir in cheese and serve immediately.
To Make Wild Rice:
4 cups water
* Rinse before cooking
Smaller than a mustard seed, this ancient food is very versatile as a substitute for wheat-sensitive diets. It is commonly served as a hot cereal, cold in salads or as any rice dish. Stir occasionally while cooking to prevent sticking.
Barley is most often used in soups and stews, where it serves as both a puffy grain and a thickener, but it also makes a nice side dish or salad. Hulled, or hulless, barley is the most nutritious, since only the tough outer hulls are polished off. Pearl barley, the most common form, is further polished to remove the outer bran layer, making it less nutritious, but faster cooking and less chewy.
Nutritious buckwheat has a nutty, earthy flavor. It’s most commonly ground into a gritty flour and used to make pancakes and soba noodles. Toasted buckwheat, which has a nuttier flavor, is known as kasha and enjoyed as a breakfast cereal.
These are buckwheat kernels that are stripped of their inedible outer coating and then crushed into smaller pieces. Unprocessed white groats are slightly bitter – toast them in oil for several minutes until they’re rust-colored before cooking to remove bitterness and bring out a pleasant, nutty flavor.
Bulgur is made from whole wheat that’s been partially hulled, steamed, cracked and dried. It is quick cooking, has a nutty flavor and is rather fluffy. It’s widely used in the Middle East for tabbouleh and pilafs. Bulgur comes either whole, or cracked into fine, medium, or coarse grains. Do not confuse with cracked wheat.
A staple of North African cuisine, couscous is tiny, precooked pasta made from semolina durum wheat flour. While traditionally served under a meat or vegetable stew, it’s infinitely versatile. Whole wheat couscous is made with whole wheat flour.
Israeli (Middle Eastern) Couscous
This small, round semolina pasta can be cooked in plenty of water and drained, or in less water or broth until all is absorbed. Israeli couscous is great with any sauce, as a side dish and in pasta salads.
Also called emmer, faro is an heirloom cereal grain in the wheat family. It has a dense, chewy texture and a rich, nutty flavor. It is low gluten, high protein and nutritionally dense. Farro is wonderful hot or cold, in salads, pilfas, soups and risottos.
Gaining in popularity, tasty freekeh is green wheat that has been roasted. It is available whole or cracked and can be used in sups, pilafs, salads and more.
This ancient grain, related to durum wheat, is high in protein and has a sweet, buttery flavor. Though it contains gluten, it’s tolerated by many people with gluten allergies. Delicious as a cold salad or hot pilaf.
This small, yellow gluten-free grain is mild and sweet. It is nutritious and easy to digest. Toast before cooking to enhance flavor. Another great grain for pilafs and salads.
Oats are highly nutritious, filled with cholesterol-fighting soluble fiber and promote good digestion. They also have a pleasant, nutty flavor. Oats are available in many forms for many uses:
A cornmeal that is boiled to create a smooth, creamy texture, polenta has been a staple food of Northern Italy for centuries. Enjoy hot with butter or Parmesan cheese, or cool until firm, cut into squares and fry.
This ancient seed was a staple of the Incas and is appreciated today as a superfood. It is a complete, quality protein and is high in vitamins and minerals. Colors of quinoa include pale yellow, red and black. Rinse well before cooking to remove its bitter natural coating.
Rye isn’t as nutritious as other grains, but it’s hardy enough to grow in very cold climates. This has made it a staple of Northern Europeans, who use it to make breads, crackers and whiskey. It has a distinctive, hearty flavor that’s best when combined with other assertive ingredients. Soak overnight before cooking.
Spelt has been around for thousands of years, but it’s recently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. It’s believed to be a relative of wheat, and it tastes like a mild version of it. Though it contains gluten, it’s tolerated by many people who are allergic to gluten. It is sweet and nutty with a firm texture. Its flour can replace white completely in a recipe.
Wheat has a pleasant, nutty flavor and lots of nutrients, but it’s prized most for being rich in gluten, the stuff that makes baked goods rise. Most wheat is ground into flour, but whole or cracked grains are used in pilafs and salads, and wheat flakes are made into hot cereals or granolas.
Rinse the grain in cold water before cooking. For most grains, bring water (or use broth or stock) to a boil, add grains and a pinch of salt and return to a boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat to a simmer for recommended time (leave lid in place the entire time). Check that the grains are done – most will be slightly chewy when fully cooked. When done, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover again and allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
Note: Selection varies in each store, and some of our Markets may offer a wider variety of rices and grains than shown here.
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