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Richly aromatic, with a fragrance reminiscent of freshly baked bread, Pacifico Crespi’s Black Rice has a naturally deep black color, a sign of its high level of antioxidants, the same as those found in berries and red grapes. This rice, also known as Venus Rice or Forbidden Rice, has a flavor complex enough to stand up on its own, with just a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. It also makes a satisfying side dish for fish, shellfish, and white meat. For a traditional Piemontese meal, use it to make a tortino di riso, or a unique risotto. It also makes an incredible insalata di riso. We like ours with pine nuts, peas, sliced carrots, vinegar, honey, Maida sun dried tomatoes, and plenty of extra virgin olive oil - but it’s versatile enough to pair well with any of your favorite ingredients!

An Italian variety of whole grain rice, this Crespi Riso Venere has round, slightly tapered kernels, and is very minimally processed, in order to conserve its highly nutritional properties. This rice is rich in fiber and minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, selenium and manganese - all essential for the body to absorb vitamins.

Pacifico Crespi is a family-owned business that has been cultivating and processing rice since 1821. For six generations, they have managed their rice fields near Novara - an area in western Piemonte near the border with Lombardia - considered the historical heart of Italian rice cultivation. Crespi still follows traditional production methods, taking great care in every phase of the growth and production cycle, from kernel to harvest. They store their rice in silos where temperature and humidity are carefully controlled, to always guarantee fresh and fragrant rice, without the use of preservatives.

Use it for:
Italian Black Rice Salad with Vinaigrette
This Black Rice Salad is our Gusti take on this Bon Appetit recipe. It's a wonderful summer dish.…
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Black Rice Tortino
This recipe for Tortino di Riso Venere is based on a typical dish from the Crespi Family; the've…