Above: Wehani rice is beautiful, don’t you think?
Wehani’s elegant aroma adds to its visual enticement, but like most beautiful things, Wehani rice can be intimidating when viewed up-close and personal; therefore, it’s time to debunk some common myths and confusions about Wehani rice: whether it is brown or red rice, what Wehani means, and how to cook Wehani.
Myth #1: Brown Rice? Red Rice?
Wehani rice is described as both brown rice and red rice. This double description is due to its qualities of being both a kind of whole grain brown rice and a red-colored rice. All whole grain rice, including Wehani rice, is considered brown rice because it still has the whole-grain bran layer after milling. The term red rice comes from Wehani’s unique red bran layer, which gives the rice grain its distinct auburn color.
Myth #2: The Origin of “Wehani”
The term Wehani is exotic and intriguing and adequately alludes to the red rice’s unusual qualities. However, the origin of the word “Wehani” isn’t so foreign. Wehani derives from the acronym WEHAH which stands for “Wendell, Eldon, Harlan and Homer”—the four brothers who founded Lundberg Family Farms.
Cooking with Wehani
To properly cook Wehani rice, first add 2 ¼ cups of water for every 1 cup of rice; Cover with tight fitting lid, reduce heat to a low simmer and let cook for 50-55 minutes; Remove from heat with lid on and let steam for 10 minutes; Fluff with fork. After cooking, Wehani rice should have a slightly chewy texture and the integrity of the color should be preserved. If you prefer your Wehani slightly softer, try adding a little more water (1/4 cup more to the previous 2 ¼ cups for each cup of rice). Wehani’s chewy texture makes it great in summertime salads. Last weekend, I made the Mediterranean Wehani Salad for a potluck, and its exciting flavors and colors definitely impressed my friends.
Above: Fresh produce, cheese and herbs for the Wehani Mediterranean salad. Yum!
Below: The final result, a beautiful summertime rice salad.
Recipes, Contact Info & Products
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