Wild Rice

WILD RICE grows across northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and portions of Michigan, and it used to grow over a much, much larger area before land and water use pressures eliminated from many of it’s original waterways.  The wild rice is generally harvested with two person canoe teams from late August through September, but exact harvest conditions depend on seasonal climatic conditions.

After harvest, the wild rice is parched, typically with a wood fire to dry and roast it before it is thrashed to remove the hull and then cleaned of particulates.  The overall process is labor intensive, but the final product has incredible taste and nutritional characteristics that cannot be reproduced using modern cultivation methods.

Wild Rice Beds with Open Water

Wild Rice Beds with Open Water

 

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