What’s Riceberry? What’s Rice Berry? What’s Red Rice?
Riceberry or Rice Berry or simply Red rice is a newly registered rice variety from Thailand originated from a cross-breed between Jao Hom Nin (JHN), the local non-glutinous purple rice and Khoa Dawk Mali 105 (Jasmine rice), the Thai Hom Mali Rice. The variety was created by Rice Science Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand through 4 years of strenuous selection for nutritional properties, anthocyanin stability, physical and cooking properties. The outcome is a deep purple whole grain rice with softness and a palatable after taste. Riceberry has been the m
ost popular brown rice known for health promoting properties. Attracting people to consume more brown rice is among the most significant steps in solving food-related chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, obesity and cancers. It is also known in Thai as: ข้าวไรซ์เบอร์รี่
Production and cultivation
The areas of Riceberry rice production are in the Northern and North-East of Thailand. The months of August through December (wet season) are suitable for Riceberry planting. Table Agronomic characteristics, grain quality and cooking quality of Riceberry are shown below.
|Plant height||105–110 cm|
|Day of maturity||130|
|grain length||(brown rice) 7.2|
|grain length-width ratio||>3.0|
|Pericarp color||deep purple|
|head rice (%)||50|
|Amylose content (%)||15.6|
|Gel Temperature (degree Celsius)||< 70|
Nutrition properties SUPER FOOD
Rice berry is enriched with both water soluble, mainly anthocyanin and lipid soluble antioxidants, such as carotenoid, gamma oryzanol, and vitamin E. Nutritive properties of Riceberry are concentrated in its rice bran, with only a small fraction accumulated in its endosperm. This is true for all cereals, therefore, it is best to consume whole rather than polished grains.
The potential anti-cancer activity of compounds extracted from Riceberry bran was evaluated in human cancer cell lines (Caco-2, MCF-7 and HL-60).
Also the potential of Riceberry bran to improve hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia conditions as well as alleviate oxidative stress and inflammation. The effect of Riceberry oil supplementation also affected hyperglycemia and change in lipid profile in Streptozotocin -induced diabetic rats fed a high fat diet.
Riceberry bran oil, a nutraceutical food, may be useful as an alternative food supplement for the alleviation of hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia conditions. Riceberry has potential as an effective agent for neurodegeneration and memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease.
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