We all know that rice has been a staple food in Asia since time immemorial. But when we say that, we’re mostly referring to the more common white rice. Black rice, on the other hand, has a more interesting story behind it. Black rice was a valuable commodity in ancient China as it was grown in very limited quantities. This is why every grain of this crop was seized and consumed by the Chinese royalty and nobility, and its consumption by the common folk was banned. Thus, its alternative name ‘forbidden rice’ was coined. Though other parts of the world have been consuming black rice for many years now, it was first introduced to the United States in 1995. It is, since then, gaining more popularity and becoming more widely available in supermarkets.