FYI, not available at your local farmer’s market. If you live in the Gulf South, however, it is available at your local Rouse’s grocery store.
So, why is it a Farmer’s Market Find?
Because it is a true Louisiana original.
Because it was bred, and grown in South Louisiana.
Actually, it was discovered in 1998 in an endeavor to find a disease resistant rice. According to the company’s website, when the researcher retired in 2010, Lousiana State University released the rights to the retired breeder, who promptly set about planting the seed. Planted in 2011 near Lafayette, Louisiana, by the third planting in 2012, the harvest was distributed in 3-lb pound bags throughout the Gulf South by way of Rouses Grocery Stores.
To read more about the Louisiana Blue rice, here is there website: http://purpleblackrice.com/
Cooks up nice, but could stand to be rinsed, even if you do lose some of the health benefits of the blueness.
Served up with some Louisiana wild caught Shrimp Etouffee.
And, here, used in a delicious salmon and rice salad, a great way to reinvent leftovers.