The Definitive Ranking Of Grains


If you don’t agree, you can always re-rank the list.

(White) Rice

(White) Rice

Rice is… just rice. Like, yeah, it's in every culture across the world. Yeah, it can be used in a million different ways. But that's what makes it so ~plain~ and banal. It's everywhere and therefore underwhelming. SORRY, RICE. YOU'RE EVERYWHERE.

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Pro: it takes very little time to cook. Con(s): it is basically impossible to find a consensus on spelling (“bulgar?””bulghar???””BURGHUL?!?!?!?!”), it's chewy as heck, and it brings to mind bulges but then doesn't deliver any.



Kamut ®, or Khorasan wheat, is a good alternative to rice or wheat berries, but it takes forever to cook. If you can remember to soak it overnight, it's great in pilafs and salads, but c'mon — who really plans ahead like that?

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Blah, blah, ancient grain, blah. It has a nutty taste, and that's cool and all. But it's so closely related to wheat that sometimes it's like… why don't you just use wheat? It's used in some baking flours, which is a nutritional bonus, but it's an easily forgotten grain in the grand scheme of things.

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