Created especially by the rice experts at Riso Buono, this striking black Artemide rice is a true work of art. Perfected over years of experimentation by cross-breeding Italian Venere rice with an Indian basmati variety, the long grains of this gorgeous rice have an aromatic, nutty character and firm texture that makes for an unforgettable side dish. But it’s more than just a pretty face: That inky black color makes this rice high in antioxidants and iron, meaning it’s as good for you as it is lovely to look at.
Riso Buono’s “gran riserva” rice is aged for a year after harvest before it’s processed and sold. An ancient technique used by farmers in the region for centuries, aging changes the physical and chemical properties of the rice, allowing it to reach its highest potential. Aged rice is more nutritionally dense, retaining more of the minerals that are essential to the human body. It also absorbs more water as it cooks, making the grains bigger, firmer, and more flavorful.
In the northwest of Italy, Piedmont shares a border with France and Switzerland. It’s a region that is reknowned for its agricultural bounty, home to decadent specialties including white truffles, barolo, and exceptional rice. Riso buono’s rice is grown on an estate that has been in the business since the 1600s. They are dedicated to preserving the beauty of their home and producing top-quality rice while honoring the land and its past. Today, Riso Buono cultivates just two varieties of the grain, signaling their dedication to the art of rice.