Moving my Chowhound organic brown rice thread over, just so I can keep notes of the varieties I try, and hopefully one day the thread can be of use to someone. The intent is to find great quality organic brown rice, preferably long grain, available in the SF Bay Area for home cooks that is comparable in fragrance and texture vs the top white rice, like a great basmati or jasmine.
Information from Chowhound thread gathered between 2010 to 2014 below. New info will be added under new and separate posts.
- Whole foods jasmine: the jasmine is not fragrant. can hardly smell anything. the texture is also less attractive, to me. around $2.3 or so per pound i think.
Brands in 99: Chimes Garden. the other was medium grain brown rice. they are ok. wife wasn’t very impressed when she compared them against the WH basmati/ jasmine.
Massa’s organic medium grain brown rice ‘The taste is pretty nice, has a nutty flavor to it. The texture is closer to a short grain sushi rice than it is to a long grain rice in terms of stickiness. Soaking it overnight helps making the brown rice softer (this applies to all brown rice i have tried so far). I will buy it again. Given my personal affinity to long grain rice, I will probably mix in half long and half medium when cooking when I get my hands on some long grain, although just by itself the Massa rice is good. Perhaps I will try to make a risotto with the medium grain.’
Costco organic Lundberg short grain ’ it was not bad. i actually kinda like the flavor and texture even though i started the search looking for long grain. there is a mild aroma to it. its definitely better than the lundberg long grain that i have had before (not from costco, not very flavorful). the texture is more sticky, but not to the point of a typical sushi rice. the texture is more like a CA medium grain.it comes in 11 lb bags. i forgot the exact price. but its roughly $1.1-$1.4 per pound. since its organic, its a good bargain if you have the membership or can shop with someone who has.
Lundberg long grain basmati (25lb bag, $6x at WF, $4x at Rainbow)- i ate this for about a year or two after the report suggested that longer grain seems to absorb less arsenic. Fragrance= not much
Texture= I couldn’t eat this by itself. the grain almost felt like its disintegrating. had to mix in some quinoa to ‘firm’ it up.not comparable to Indian basmati or Thai jasmine.
Mogami organic long grain brown (99 Ranch, $7.99 for 5 lbs) from Thailand. Fragrance- non-existent. Texture- feels short grain rather than long, its a mushy mess that doesn’t taste great.
24 Mantra Organic Brown Sona Masoori Rice - 11 lbs (at almost all Indian grocery stores, around $12-14)
Fragrance- quite pleasant grassy smell
Texture- looks more like a short grain but tastes like a medium grain. it is fine.
overall i found the Sona Masoori to be comparable to the Chimes Garden Jasmine, and cheaper.
Whole Foods 365 organic long grain brown basmati, 2 lbs- Fragrance- non-existent. Texture- not good.