Red rice

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This article is about rice which is red in color. For the weed known as "red rice", see Weedy rice. For other uses, see Red rice (disambiguation).
Red rice

Red rice is a variety of rice that is colored red by its anthocyanin content. It is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled, and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has the higher nutritional value of rices eaten with the germ intact.


Varieties of red rice include:

  • Oryza longistaminata, also known as red rice
  • Oryza punctata, also known as red rice
  • Red rice, also known as weedy rice, a low-yielding rice variety that persists as a weed in fields of better-quality rice
  • Rakthashali, a rare rice variety
  • Thai Red Cargo rice, a non-glutinous long grain rice variety
  • Bhutanese red rice, a medium-grain rice grown in the Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas
  • Camargue red rice, a relatively new variety of rice cultivated in the wetlands of the Camargue region of southern France
  • Matta rice Kerala Matta rice, also known as Rosematta rice, Palakkadan Matta rice, Kerala Red rice, and Red parboiled rice, is an indigenous variety of rice grown in Palakkad District of Kerala. It is popular in Kerala and Sri Lanka, where it is used for idlies and appams, and eaten plain.


See also[edit]

  • Wehani rice, a variety of aromatic brown rice developed in the late 20th century
  • Red yeast rice, rice fermented with a red mold, used in East Asian cuisine and Chinese traditional medicine