Source: Native Wise LLC, an indigenous-owned company
Indigenous hand-harvested by canoe in the lakes and rivers of Minnesota. Wood-parched.
Wild Rice is harvested in the Minoomin-Giizis (Rice Moon) which lasts from late August through September. The foragers guide their canoes through Wild Rice swaths by “Polling” with a 25ft. cedar poll with a hard wooden crutch. Others in the canoe will “knock” the rice into the canoe with the swift movement of two small cedar sticks called “Rice Knockers”. This method of harvesting Wild Rice has been passed down through many generations and is beneficial to the Wild Rice ecosystem as it re-seeds the Wild Rice beds for the next season during the process of harvesting. Native Wild Rice is known as Minoomin or the good berry in Ojibwe tradition and is a highly culturally significant plant. This amazing plant plays a big role in the Ojibwe story of traveling to the place “where the food grows on water” and settling in Minnesota.
Wild rice boast impressive amounts of several nutrients, including protein, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.
Wild rice contains more protein than other types of rice and it is very high in antioxidants.
Has a nutty flavor.