Zizania aquatica L., Poaceae
Harvested from natural bodies of water, this gluten-free grain has been a traditional crop for the native peoples in North America. In Saskatchewan, no chemical and synthetic fertilizer applications are permitted in wild rice production. Saskatchewan wild rice is therefore naturally organic! Once established, wild rice reseeds itself. It is a highly nutritious grain and has a nutty taste and aroma. Versatile in cooking and baking, wild rice is simply tasty in everything you eat. From soups, salads, stuffings, stews, and desserts to muffins, cookies, breads, and breakfast cereals. Serve wild rice for breakfast with honey or birch syrup. By simply adding salt, wild rice accompanies a great variety of vegetarian dishes, meat, and fish.
Wild rice is rich in protein and complex carbohydrates while low in fat. It is an excellent source of B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin E, and fibre.