Black rice is an ancient grain known for its nutty, earthy taste, distinctive color and high levels of antioxidants. There are many different varietals from places such as China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Thailand and the United States. Some cultures prepare black rice as congee (rice pudding) or as a side dish topped with cooked chicken, eggs or pickled vegetables. Steamed black rice is also delicious served plain or used as a base for rice salads topped with nuts, herbs and roasted vegetables. It is perfect as a substitute for sushi rice too because of its slightly chewy, sticky and tender texture.