Is Thai Riceberry the New Super Grain?

Global EAT - Is Thai Riceberry: the New Super Grain?
The purple-black pigments in riceberry is found to contain several folds more antioxidant activities than red grape, prune and blueberry.

Is Thai riceberry the next choice superfood to hit North American grocery shelves? It’s GMO and gluten free.

The purple-black coloured Thai riceberry bran is loaded with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, such as omega-3 fatty acids – vital health-promoting compounds that can help to lower the risks of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.

The delicious riceberry grain is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, gama oryzanol, vitamin E, zinc and folic acid. The high fibre and bran oil content in this functional food aids in digestion, and slow down the effects of aging.

What is Riceberry?

Thailand is the often called, “The Rice Bowl of Asia”. Rice is the root of Thai life, a national staple, and the country’s number one agricultural export. More than 3,500 varieties of rice exist in Thailand. The most notable variety is the Thai Hom Mali or Jasmine rice.

To boost the nutritional values, fragrance and taste of rice, researchers from Thailand’s Kasetsart University, Rice Science Center developed riceberry, a cross between two renowned Thai rice strains.

Global EAT - Thai Riceberry: North America's Next Super Grain
Studies revealed the highest phenolic compounds and flavonoids in the bran is 4-vinylguaiacol and apigenin respectively. (Dept. of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand)

 

Rice berry is a cross-pollination between Jai Hom Nin (non-glutinous black rice) and the fragrant Khao Dawk Mali 105 (Thai Hom Mali or Jasmine rice). The breed is a wholesome, soft-textured, tasty and aromatic grain – high in minerals, anthocyanin and lipid soluble antioxidants.

The long grain black, unmilled rice has become the most popular whole grain rice among the health-conscious in Thailand, according to the Thai Trade Centre, Vancouver.

Learn more about Thai rice at Thai Rice for Life

Riceberry Tasting Dishes

To enjoy a taste of riceberry dishes, please click here for the list of Thai restaurants.  A 24-hour reservation is recommended.

Below are sample dishes offered by Salathai Thai Restaurant, Vancouver.

Where to Buy Riceberry?

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Retailers

Riceberry is also known as Black Jasmine rice by retailers.

Asia Market
265 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P2
Phone: (604) 688-6824

A &  L Market
58 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y
Phone: (604) 876-8687

ASSI Supermarket
5593 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2G3
Phone: (604) 437-8949

Benny’s Market
598 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A
Phone: (604) 254-2746

Consumer Food Market
5889 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3W5
Phone: (604) 327-1814

Denny’s Farm Market
706 6th Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2B3

Kitsilano Natural Foods Ltd.
2696 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G3
Phone: (604) 738-0326

Famous Foods
1595 Kingsway St, Vancouver, BC V5N 2R8
Phone: (604) 872-3019

Garden Produce
3369 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6

Success Supermarket
8780 Blundell Rd., Richmond, BC V6Y 3Y8

Great Two Supermarket
2760 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5H5
Phone: (604) 433-8132

New Hong Kong Supermarket
3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 1178, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9
Phone: (604) 231-0810

Apple Farm Market
2344 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 1P1

Persia Food Products Inc.
1469 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B8
Phone: (778) 826-1036

New Pacific Supermarket
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 8A9

Produce Market Place
6398 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5W 3A4
Phone: (604) 321-1089

Richmond Country Farms Ltd.
12900 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC V6W 1A3
Phone: (604) 274-0522

Lu & Sons (Super Grocers)
12051 No 1 Rd., Richmond, BC V7E 1T5
Phone: (604) 271-2722

Triple A Produce
1626 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4