Brown rice is inexpensive, filling and versatile. Brown rice is processed to remove only the hull, while the bran and germ are left in place. Brown rice is not only more nutritious than white rice, but also more flavorful with a slightly earthy, nutty taste.
Brown rice has a sturdy texture compared to white rice, which is not unpleasant but does take getting used to by those who usually eat white rice. In fact there is a bias against brown rice in many rice eating cultures. Because white rice is more processed than brown rice, it costs more and is therefore viewed as a status symbol. In China brown rice is referred to as rough rice.
Long grain brown rice is most commonly available and is used for most rice dishes. Short grain brown rice becomes sticky when cooked and is ideal for sushi.
Brown rice is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, folic acid and vitamins B3, B5 and B6. One cup of cooked long grain brown rice contains just over 200 calories.
Try these brown rice recipes:
Brown Rice & Black Beans
Moroccan-style Stuffed Peppers
Brown Rice & Vegetable Pilaf
Mexican Brown Rice Salad
Brown Rice Salad with Sprouts & Seeds
Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl
Creamy Brown Rice Pudding