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Dec 12, 2007 03:24 PM

New - lovely, pale-green organic Jade Pearl Rice

This blog has some nice pictures of this new rice. It is a more vibrant green prior to cooking and fades just slightly after cooking, but is still quite pretty. The blog pictures are on target on how the rice looks before and after cooking.

The pearl rice is infused with bamboo extract giving it the lovely color and supposedly is more nutritious.

The vendor writes on their site that the extract is “made from the Moso species of bamboo that grows in the virgin highland forest of south central China”

As far as the flavor, it is nice but IMO, the copywriting is on the fanciful, romantic side claiming “when cooked, produces the aroma of a bamboo forest, a light vanilla taste”

Yeah, right ... not AFAIK. Then again, I've never been in a bamboo forest ... but I know what vanilla tastes like.

There was a little bamboo-ish essence and flavor at first, but it is not too strong. However, what I do like so much about the rice is the texture which is a little sticky yet light and fluffy. It holds together nicely, so if using it for a molded rice salad it would keep its shape. I think it would be great used for a rice pudding with the nice color and maybe sprinkled with pistachios. I’m going to give that a try.

This site which talks about products at a Natural Foods expo writes ...

“bamboo extract functions as an aging-, fatigue- and cardiovascular disease-inhibitor, mood and immune modulator, and anti-bacterial, anti-viral agent. Best of all, however, is that the rice is delicious and is hearty enough to stand up to meat dishes, and delicate enough for sushi or rice pudding.”

Can’t address the possible health benefits, but I totally agree with the last sentence about its versatility in cooking. It paired beautifully with some lamb/rosemary sausages and the red wine I had for lunch.

For those in the SF Bay Area, I bought it from the bulk bins at Berkeley Bowl The company is based in El Cerrito.

This site says that Whole Foods sells it. They also like the organic Forbidden rice that Lotus Foods sells.

Lotus Foods also sells it online

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  1. I love this find of yours, rworange! In fact, without seeing your name, I knew it was your post...always something interesting from you!

    The emerald rice in the photos in the "I Can't Believe I'm Back in Toronto" link is gorgeous! My mind is racing with ideas to pair it with other edible colors, on a black plate, on a white plate...ooooh, on a blue plate!

    Thanks, again, for your very fun find!

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    1. re: liu

      Think how stunning it would be for salmon sushi wrapped in black seaweed

    2. Sorry folks - the nutrition facts have changed:

      My message:

      "The nutrition facts listed on the bulk bins at Whole Foods list your Organic Jade Pearl Rice as containing 10 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving.

      However your website does not list any fiber and only 3 grams of protein.

      Which is correct please? Please explain the discrepancy as it would seem your high fiber/high protein display could be deemed as false advertising."

      Their response:

      "Hi Sabrina,

      our website is correct. Which Whole Foods did you find the nutritional info at? I'll make sure it's corrected.

      When we began to source our rice locally from California, the nutritional info changed.

      Hope that helps, and sorry for any inconvenience,

      Julian Kingman"

      Still tasty and pretty - but definitely not a "health" food with no fiber and low protein.

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      1. re: RinaBo

        Regrettably, I bought a bag of organic Jade Pearl Rice at the Whole Foods in San Rafael today before reading Sabrina's post. The bulk bin still lists the too-good-to-be-true nutrition info. It would be easy to blame the error on Whole Foods, but I did a quick check online and found numerous websites selling the product accompanied by the inaccurate nutritional analysis. Some even tout the incorrect composition info in big, bold type, e.g., 5 times more fiber than whole grain rice! 10 grams of fiber per serving!
        I sent an email to Lotus Foods. Now what to do with a bag of beautiful but completely fiber-free rice? Guess I can use it as pie weights or for display...

        1. re: pamela joy

          An update: Kudos to Lotus Foods for their customer service. Julian Kingman responded to my email almost instantly and even offered to send me a replacement box of a higher fiber rice.

          1. re: pamela joy

            It is so delicious, though, it would be a shame not to use! I would save it to eat as a treat, and just serve it with something else that's really high fiber.