Kermes Rice

10-60 lbs
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Kermes rice is a red, moderately-long grain heirloom rice variety native to China’s eastern Hebei province. Sold unpearled (whole grain), this rice has a chewy texture, a nutty flavor, and more than twice the amino acid content of more common varieties.

Though kermes rice has been cultivated for over three centuries in Hebei, it fell out of favor during China’s Cultural Revolution due to its lower than average yields. In fact, farming it was made illegal by the provincial government during this period. This led to it becoming a very obscure variety that has only recently been rediscovered and saved from extinction.

Though the word “kermes” refers to a type of similarly-colored natural dye, this rice’s beautiful clay color is natural and it contains no added ingredients.



Store kermes rice in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

Shelf Life:

Twelve months or more.


Serve kermes rice as you would other wholegrain rice varieties with stirfries, in pilafs or rice salads, or simply cooked & seasoned as a side for meats or poultry.

Basic Cooking Instructions:

Rinse 1 cup of kermes rice and add it to three cups of water. Bring the water a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until tender (about 40 minutes). Drain off any remaining water, fluff with a fork & serve.

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