A long grain, nutty flavored, organic heirloom black rice, we truly believe it's the best black rice in the world. Cotabato black rice is an heirloom grain called 'Kurokan' originally from the mountain tribes in Antipas, North Cotabato. Sourced directly from our cooperative smallholder farmer partners from the lush agri-tropical lands in North Cotabato, Mindanao; considered one of the food basket of the Philippines.
The heirloom rice is biodynamically grown, a regenerative and more holistic way of organic farming where the farm is seen as one organism and considers not just the land, but also the animal's well-being and the farmer’s prosperity. In the self-sustained farm, a pond is used to filter the water in the buffer zones around the fields and land is set aside for reforestation. The farmers plant and harvest according to the Sun, Moon, and planets. This holistic care for Mother Earth produces soil and thus food with extraordinary flavor and nutrition.
You can learn more about Biodynamic farming from the Whole Foods blog below:
After harvest and semi-milling, the rice is placed in a hermetic cocoon bag where CO2 is naturally built up, which then removes moisture and eliminates any rice bugs. Afterwards the rice is vacuum-packed sealed ready to be shipped, ensuring optimal freshness and quality for our customers every time.
Black rice is hailed as a superfood because of its many health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants, fiber and rich in nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. Black rice is chock full of protein and low in carbs, more so than any other rice, so it provides a steady release of energy. Rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, similar to blueberries and acai; however, black rice has the highest concentration of the three. (Source: CNN Health: "Is Black Rice the New Brown?").
(Last two dish pictures courtesy of @TenderGreens on Twitter).
You can also find our Social Products Cotabato Black Rice at these fine Southern California natural specialty stores and restaurants:
EREWHON MARKET | 7660 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
EREWHON MARKET | 585 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA
EREWHON MARKET | 26767 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA
MONSIEUR MARCEL STORE and CAFE | 6333 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA (Original Farmers Market)
URBAN RADISH STORE | 661 Imperial St, Los Angeles, CA (Arts District)
RAINBOW ACRES STORE | 13208 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (Culver City)
RICE BAR RESTAURANT | 419 W. 7th St, Los Angeles, CA (DTLA)
AU LAC RESTAURANT | 710 West 1st St, Los Angeles, CA (DTLA)
AU LAC RESTAURANT | 16563 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA
WANDERLUST HOLLYWOOD CAFE | 1357 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | 505 West 6th St, Los Angeles, CA (DTLA)
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | 6290 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | 1109 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (Westwood Village)
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | 325 N. San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | 530 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA
TENDER GREENS RESTAURANT | University Center 4237 Campus Drive, Suite B165 Irvine, CA (UCI)
ANDREI'S CONSCIOUS CUISINE RESTAURANT | 2607 Main St, Irvine, CA
**Check back for more added locations!**
Social Products offers organic food products from Philippine cooperative smallholder farmer partners that empower rural farmers, women, and indigenous peoples with a more sustainable way to eradicate poverty. We connect farmers with conscious foodies who want healthy, tasty, and superior quality products that are ethically sourced.
Asides from buying at an above fair trade price from the farmers, we also give back 5% of our black rice profits for social projects such as technical training to convert more farmers to go organic.
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