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What is wild rice?

Known for its luxurious nutty flavor and chewy texture, wild rice isn’t really rice at all. Instead, it’s a long-grain marsh grass native to the northern Great Lakes area, where it’s harvested by the local Indians. There’s also now commercial wild rice production in California, as well as several Midwest states.


Wild rice is actually the grain of four different species of grass. Though technically it’s not a rice, it’s commonly referred to as one for practical purposes. Its chewy texture has an earthy, nutty flavor that many find appealing. Wild rice is also rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

Published Date: August 26, 2023

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