Wild rice is not a rice, but a wild grass. It has been grown and gathered in both North America and China. Native Americans harvested wild rice by canoeing into a stand of plants. In the United States, California and Minnesota are the main producers of the crop. Wild rice is the only heirloom grain sold commercially. The wild rice found in stores is actually a mixture of wild rice and brown rice.
- contains niacin, important for cognitive function
- has twice the protein content of brown rice
- naturally gluten free
- high in phosphorous, which is important for healthy teeth and bones