Choices for nutrition and flavor
Brown, red and black rice all are more flavorful and nutritious than white rice. In fact, refined white rice has less protein and only half the nutrients of brown rice. The outer layer of natural brown bran is stripped off to create white rice, removing most of the fiber, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. “Enriched” white rice has some synthetic nutrients added to it. One thing to look for when shopping for good quality brown rice is the presence of some green grains. The green color indicates the presence of natural chlorophyll, a desirable nutrient; rice kernels with chlorophyll come from the bottom of a stalk, where they mature more slowly than kernels at the top. Brown rice without any green means it was gassed to eliminate the chlorophyll.
White rice can keep almost indefinitely because there’s not much left to spoil after the refining process. Brown rice should be refrigerated or kept in a cool pantry in a tight-lidded container.