It’s the only rice that’s native to Canada, and it sure packs a punch; wild rice has 7 grams of protein per cooked cup, more than any other variety of rice, and that’s just one of its many nutritious benefits. What’s not to love?
Wild rice is actually not rice at all; it’s really a type of wild grass – its grains happen to look like grains of rice. This plant grows in the shallow lakes and rivers of Canada and the northern United States, with the kernels sticking out just above the water surface.
Wild rice has been an important food in the diet of many Native American cultures, who harvested the plant in canoes. Sunny Canadian summers and clean northern water are the perfect conditions for wild rice to grow, and most Canadian wild rice harvests are still done in their natural bodies of water.
Wild rice is always consumed with the bran still on the kernel, giving the long slender kernels a dark, almost black appearance. This makes wild rice a wholegrain, and a nutritious choice for your meal as it has twice the protein and fibre.
Like other varieties of whole grain rice, wild rice has a distinct, almost nutty taste. It is also chewier than typical white rice, due to the bran that remains on the kernels. It’s a great alternative to brown rice – and the cooking time is even quicker. This unique eating experience is growing in popularity, as more and more people turn to wild rice for meals with nutritious flavour, and a local twist.
Many UNCLE BEN’S® products contain wild rice. Try our recipes and go wild!