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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jazberry Rice Pudding
I like good food. It is really nice when I can enjoy good food and do good at the same time. Today's recipe features  Jasberry rice.  I was first introduced to this rice through a "Try the World" box. This rice came in a box that featured Thai food.  Try the World is a really fun way to try products from around the world.  I got a box every other month, complete with recipes.  It is a great service to give as a gift to yourself or someone else.  They also sell products from all their boxes on their web site.

Jasberry rice is a cross between Thai Jasmine rice and black rice. It was developed by the National Research Council of Thailand.  Over the last 30 years the council has developed more than 20 kinds of rice.

The council was approached by MBA students Neil Dejkraisak and Palmny Wonghatharakul.    The two students devised a business plan using Jasberry rice to help Northern Thailand rice farmers. While Thailand is the #2 exporter of rice, many rice farmers live in poverty.  These two students formed a company Siam Organic and entered a business competition to bring this rice to the farmers.  They won the business competition, which was to ring the bell at the close of the NASDAQ, the first Thai business to do so.  Read about their journey to change the lives of Thai farmers with this organic grown rice.

Jasberry rice is organically grown totally on small scale farms in Northeast Thailand. Siam Organic is committed to the development of local farmers' cooperatives towards sustainability.

You can find out more about Siam Organic by visiting their web site. Right now it is under construction but their facebook site is active.

You can order Jasberry rice at the Try the World site. It is $9.40 for an 9 ounce package. I used half for today's recipe.

The rice is also very good for you and would qualify as a super food.  It has three times the anti-oxidants of blueberries and is loaded with fiber.

You can use this rice in any dish you would use white or brown rice. To prepare:

  1. Quickly rinse to avoid all those purple antioxidants from washing off.
  2. Add 1 cup of Jasberry rice to 2.5 cups of water.
  3. Cook in rice cooker for 20 to 30 minutes.

Now for today's recipe. I modified this one from the one I got in my "Try the World" box.  Do add the mango shown for a garnish. It really pairs well with the coconut milk and the rice.  I used coconut sugar instead of the recommended brown sugar. You may use that since you may not have coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is a much healthier choice. You can find it at most health food stores.

2/3 cup Jasberry rice
3  1/2 cups water
13.7 ounce can coconut milk, stirred
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped mango for garnish

  1. Place the rice and water in a saucepan.  Cover and heat until it boils. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups of the coconut milk, sugar and vanilla.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  3. Transfer to four bowls. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  4. Chop one large mango into small pieces.
  5. Once pudding is set, top with the chopped mango.
Super Foods featured:  Jasberry rice, coconut milk, coconut sugar


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

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CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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