Wild rice is actually a species of marsh grass found growing naturally in shallow aquatic wetlands, lakes and slow-moving streams. Referred to as manoomin which means “the good berry”, wild-harvested rice is an indigenous sacred food of the Native American Anishnaabe (Ojibwa) people of Minnesota and the Great Lakes region.

The texture and taste of wild rice is chewier with a distinctive roasted nutty flavor compared to other kinds of rice and can be a healthy gluten-free alternative to other grains. Unknown to most people, all wild rice is not necessary “wild”, as the term might imply. True wild rice is harvested from naturally growing aquatic grass fields and the other is a cultivated paddy-grown variety, created from the same wild species Zizania palustris.

Recommended Suppliers (Updated 2020)
Red Lake Nation, Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice, 5lbs –
Moose Lake, Wild Rice, Minnesota Cultivated Wild Black Rice, 16oz –
Thousand Lakes, Minnesota Grown Wild Rice, 15oz –
Thousand Lakes, Minnesota Grown Wild Rice, 5lbs –
Bineshii’s, Wild Rice, Chef’s Reserve, 1lb –
Bineshii’s, Ghost Wild Rice, 1lb –
Manitou Trading Company, Wild Rice, 15oz –

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Additional Sourced Info
Association between dietary whole grain intake and risk of mortality:
Whole Grains Council:
White Earth Land Recovery Project, Minnesota:
Wild Rice: Spirit Lake Native Farms, Fon du Lac Reservation, MN:
Nutrition Data, Cooked Long Grain Brown Rice:
Nutrition Data, Cooked Wild Rice:
Wild Rice, A Nutritional Review, USDA:
y-Oryzanols of North American Wild Rice (Zizania palustris):
International Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences:
Rice bran oil and gamma-oryzanol in the treatment of hyperlipoproteinaemias and other conditions:
Wild rice (Zizania palustris L.) prevents atherogenesis in LDL receptor knockout mice:
Effects of Dietary Carbohydrate Replaced with Wild Rice (Zizania latifolia (Griseb) Turcz):

All information is for educational purposes only and is the personal view of the author; not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or prescription. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or prevent any disease.

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