Rice is a staple food for many communities in India. So there are plenty of rice varieties grown in different regions of India, each with a unique colour, shape and taste profile.
It is a key source of carbohydrates for most Indians and hence is consumed almost daily. And you get the most health benefits of rice by eating different varieties. While white rice is the most popular type of rice these days, other native varieties have more health benefits since they are minimally processed post-harvesting.
So here is a quick guide on the different varieties and benefits of organic rice you can buy online.
1. Rajamudi rice :
This unpolished variety of rice come in red and brown colours and was popular among the Maharajas of Mysore. It is a good source of dietary fiber, phytonutrients, and zinc which helps improve immunity.
Since most of the nutrients in rice are concentrated in the bran and endosperm, unpolished rice has a higher amount of nutrients than polished white rice. It is rich in various minerals like iron, selenium, manganese, and fiber. Use this instead of white rice for daily consumption to add more nutrients to your diet.
3. Navara Rice
Navara is one of the unique types of rice grown in Kerala for its medicinal properties. It is a small brown grain that is used for treating arthritis, paralysis, neurological disorders, osteoporosis, piles, etc.
4. Bamboo rice
Bamboo rice is the seed of a flowering bamboo plant. It is cooked similar to rice and has a high amount of calcium and iron. It also lowers cholesterol and helps improve bone health and good for fertility.
Hand pounded rice is superior to polished rice in terms of nutrients as its husk is removed using a stone grinder that retains the rice bran. It is very low in glycemic index so can be enjoyed by diabetic people.
6. Red rice
Red rice is mentioned in several Ayurvedic texts due to its multiple health benefits. It is rich in various nutrients like antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. It gets digested slowly and can lower your sugar levels as well as control cholesterol as well.
One of the healthiest and tastiest among all types of rice, this rare black rice was once forbidden to eat by the commoners in China. It is loaded with anthocyanins, an antioxidant pigment that gives it beautiful purplish-black colour. Benefits of black rice include weight loss, blood sugar control, and easy digestion.
If you are in Bangalore and thinking “is there an organic rice shop near me that provides all these types of rice?”, you can visit The Ecostore. We have several types of rice that are grown organically without the use of any pesticides.
You can also buy organic rice online from us through our website here.