Venus rice is an Italian variety of rice.
Established in Vercelli in 1997 through a conventional cross between an Asian variety of black rice and a variety of the Padan Plain .
From the intersection between the rice Venus (medium grain and black pericarp) and a rice type indica (with long grain and narrow and white pericarp) two new varieties of rice were born: rice Ermes (red) and rice Artemide (black color).
The grain is of ebony color with the gray sparks and belongs to the Japonica class of the Oryza sativa species. It is cultivated mainly in the provinces of Vercelli and Novara.
Venere rice, suitable for cold or hot salads and also to accompany other dishes.