Kermes Rice is a naturally red rice with a higher amino acid content than more common varieties. It is an heirloom variety only recently rescued from obscurity and extinction.
Add 1 cup of rice to 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes or until tender. Drain any excess water and fluff with fork before serving.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place
Kermes Rice is a heritage product, cultivated for hundreds of years in the Hebei province of eastern China. Highly valued for its deep red color and rich nutrition, Kermes rice was once offered to the Imperial Court during the Qing Dynasty. But Kermes Rice fell out of favor during the Cultural Revolution of the mid-20th Century, when the provincial government required Hebei farmers to plant varieties of rice with higher yields. The recent increase in interest in heirloom foodstuffs has made the time right for the reintroduction of Kermes Rice. Careful commercial cultivation has increased the crop yield without affecting the rice’s nutritional content.
Our Kermes Rice is carefully cultivated to be free of GMOs and contains no artificial colors. It is also naturally gluten free and contains more than twice the amino acid content of more common varieties of rice.
The word “Kermes” refers to a type of natural red dye (“Kermes Red”) that was one of the richest red colorings available before chemical colorants were developed. However Kermes Rice is a naturally red rice and contains no added colors of any kind.
Our nutty, clay-red Kermes Rice makes gorgeous, compelling fried rice dishes. In this recipe the addition of XO sauce creates a deep umami flavor, which is echoed in the succulent shrimp and our convenient sweet Organic Garlic Flake.