WILD RICE (Zizania Spp.)
Despite the name, wild rice is not a traditional type of rice at all. Rather, it is an aquatic grass seed that originated with the indigenous tribes in the Great Lakes region. It is the only rice native to North America, but is now being produced in other regions throughout the world. Because wild rice is tricky to grow and difficult to harvest, it is more expensive than other grain options.
Wild rice is high in protein and is also a good source of fiber, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, Vitamin B6, niacin and antioxidants. Because wild rice comprises a very small part of our food supply, there is less research on the nutritional benefits; however, its prospects are very promising so far.
Wild rice is generally boiled or steamed and then added to salads, pilafs or as the base for meat dishes. It has a very strong flavor which helps it mix well with some of the milder varieties of rice.
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